State officials are responding to consumer complaints by taking a closer look at the fees charged by assisted-living facilities.
A Minneapolis Star Tribune report says one facility charged a family nearly $5,700 to care for their 87-year-old mother, but refused to refund the money when the woman died before she moved in. Another facility charged a move-in fee that may have run afoul of state law.
The Legislature mandated an initial review of the industry. That report was released in March. Now the state's Office of Ombudsman for Long-Term Care plans to convene a group to continue investigating the industry.
The state has 970 assisted-care facilities. Part of the problem is the facilities offer both housing and health-related services, so they have to straddle laws governing both sides of the business.