Hello all and thank you for reading. Mother currently self-funded in care home and at threshold, so we have just invited the LA in for care needs and financial assessments. The care home charges more than the LA will contribute. We will need to negotiate exactly what that top up will be. In other readers' experience, is it better to have that conversation with the care home before the LA produce their personal budget for her, and lock down the top up we will need to pay them? Or is it better to wait until the LA numbers drop out and start negotiating then, possibly under the pressure of the LA wanting all parties to sign up to a 'contract' we have read about? And do the LA help us have that conversation with the home, or are we on our own regarding the top-up element? Any thoughts and advice really welcome….