How Long Should a Care Facility Charge After a Patient Dies?

Authorities in the United Kingdom have launched an investigation after learning that some care homes are charging families for weeks after the death of an elderly relative.

Some families have complained that they were charged for the time it took to rent the room to another patient, often resulting in a charge of thousands of pounds. (The value of the English pound to the U.S. dollar changes daily and is roughly equal to $1.50 to $1.80.)

Many care homes there charge the relatives of a deceased resident for a week after the death so there is time to clear their belongings, but some families are being charged fees for extended periods after their relative’s room had been cleared.