Care homes charging for rooms after residents die, watchdog finds

Competition and Markets Authority finds families have been charged fees for ‘extended periods’ after death of residents

Care homes are charging families for weeks after the death of an elderly relative in some instances, prompting a string of complaints to the competition watchdog that is investigating the sector.

The Competition and Markets Authority has received complaints about families being charged for sums that can amount to thousands of pounds to cover for the time it can take before a room can be relet.

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