Elderly Mothers Care Home wants over £4K in back fees.

I have Power of Attorney for my 90+ year old dementia suffering mother and handle all her finances. Today I was notified from her care home of a 12% increase in her fees. I think this is a bit steep but OK I'm prepared to accept this.
However they state that this increase will be back dated to 1st April 2023 - this means they want about £4K in back fees. I pay her fees weekly in advance and this has come completely out of the blue with no previous warning. I think that it's very unfair that they can simply ask for £4K in back fees.
My elderly mother self funds her care but she'll be struggling to pay this back payment. I'm determined not to pay this, am I in the wrong and should I just raise the money and pay or is there a reasonable argument I could use to avoid doing so.
I'm desperately looking for any suggestions on how to handle this and will be grateful for any given.

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