My elderly parents live in their own home, supported by family and agency carers. They have been self funding until now, but after seeing a solicitor yesterday I realise that they will very soon be eligible for financial help. I need to organise an assessment for each of them by Social Services. The solicitor said that SS would probably fund their current care package, but warned me that if it was cheaper to place them in residential care they would want to do this. Their current care package costs roughly 2/3 of the cost of a care home. However, if they were both placed in residential care then their house would be an asset. Could this be a factor in the SS assessment? Both parents are very happy at home. They go out to activities and mix with other people. Mum has significant mobility problems but she still walks short distances. Dad is much more mobile. I accept that in the future their health may change, and they may need residential care, but for now this set up is working for everyone. Can anyone share their experiences of transitioning from self funding? Did they look at the current care package? I'd assumed they would start from scratch and ask about their health needs, which is what they did when they assessed my husband last year. Thanks for any advice.