Hopefully this won't be for some time but I feel better when I am organised. In the event the sheltered accommodation wher my mum lives says she ought to be in residential care, what do I actually do? Do I just google local care homes, ring them up to see if they have vacancies, visit and inspect them and ask their prices? Or is there another procedure? My mother has about 20K more than the limit for any council allowances, so presumably she'd pay for care until her funds go down to that £23K (?) limit? And then does the council pay? When I see adverts for "private care homes" does that then mean that they take all your money, rather than stopping once you have reached the £23K ? Thanks so much for you help or any info you can point me to that I should have read before now.