...or lack of choice! So I've been told about the two care homes roughly in our area which are contracted, both of which are huge, impersonal places. The smaller care homes charge well in excess of the budget they are allowing mum (460 a week). Does anyone know whether care homes will do a deal with the local authority for a lower rate? As I know this will be mum's home for the rest of her life I feel like I need to be choosy, but can't afford to topup by 800 a month which is what it would seem most of them would be.