The placements team sent me a shortlist or nursing homes with vacancies late yesterday afternoon. In our immediate area, there are only 3 nursing homes, one of which only take private clients and another has no vacancies. This leaves just one, which doesn't have a very good CQC report (requires improvement) plus poor reviews (lists about 20 languages spoken by staff!). I shall go and visit but doesn't sound promising. The other homes on the list are all about 20 to 30 miles away, which would severely impact on the number of visitors my wife would get, given that many of our friends and relatives, rely on public transport. A big problem is vacancies in general (even for care homes) as there have been a couple of closures in our area and apparently, the placements team are struggling to relocate existing residents! We have yet to hear from the financial team to get an assessment done, so although I am under pressure to look at "suitable" homes, I do not know which (if any) we would be able to afford (she is between the upper and lower limits). In our county, they require 3rd parties to top up any shortfall between the LA agreed rate (for her level of care) and the negotiated cost of nursing home placement, once their assets are below the upper limit. I did ask about what happens if there are no 3rd parties able to pay and was told that they would look for any cheaper alternatives - so effectively the bottom of the pile? I am sure that many of you have gone through this (and worse?) but it is stressing me out more than when I was caring for my wife at home?