Review of Assisted Living Fees
Consumer complaints have led Minnesota officials to respond by taking a closer look at the assisted living fees facilities are charging, which has been cited as a violation of resident rights by many.
A number of consumers have complained about the fees, which can be up into the thousands of dollars. These individuals are saying that they are unfair, illegal, and confusing. One facility charged a family nearly $6,000 just to reserve a room for their mother, but refused a refund when she died a month before she was to move into her room. Another facility charged a family a move-in fee that was against state law.
Now, a group of investigators is being convened by the state’s Office of Ombudsman for Long-Term card in order to scrutinize the growing assisted living industry that is serving thousands of Minnesotans that are disabled or elderly. This group is to focus on –re-lease fees, move-in fees and any other charges that the facilities are charging.
In 2010 in Golden Valley, one family paid almost $6,000 for her 87-year-old mother to move into a room in Country Villa, but her mother died a month before her move in date. The facility fought the family regarding the refund, stating the company’s contract had a $2,000 nonrefundable fee and required a 30-day notice for lease termination.
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The Star Tribune had covered this case in 2011, stating that the company refunded the family just $735. The facility said that deposits are kept, even if the client dies before they move in. This is one of the charges that the group of investigators will be looking into.
Overall, the baby boomer population is simply going to lead to a boom in assisted living and nursing home populations. Between 2010 and 2030, the number of Minnesotans over 65 years of age will be at record highs and the assisted living industry will have a significant role in many lives. Of the services that they offer the elderly population are health services, housing, support, and recreation. As it stands, there are 970 of these facilities within the state. Unfortunately, these facilities are governed by a tangled set of rules that many are trying to clarify, such as what fees pay for and how those fees are governed by the state.
Report Suspected Abusive Care or Excessive Assisted Living Fees
For more information from the Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Health Facility Complaints concerning nursing homes, assisted living and other elder care providers view resolved complaints at the MDH website.
If you have concerns about financial exploitation or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.