What Can be Charged to Resident in Nursing Home
What Can be Charged to Resident in Nursing Home

What Items May be Charged to Residents

Items that may be charged to residents – §483.10   Resident rights.  The resident has a right to a dignified existence, self-determination, and communication with and access to persons and services inside and outside the facility. A facility must protect and promote the rights of each resident, including each of the following rights:

(a) Exercise of rights.

(c) Protection of resident funds.

(8) Limitation on charges to personal funds.

(ii) Items and services that may be charged to residents’ funds. Listed below are general categories and examples of items and services that the facility may charge to residents’ funds if they are requested by a resident, if the facility informs the resident that there will be a charge, and if payment is not made by Medicare or Medicaid:

(A) Telephone.

(B) Television/radio for personal use.

(C) Personal comfort items, including smoking materials, notions and novelties, and confections.

(D) Cosmetic and grooming items and services in excess of those for which payment is made under Medicaid or Medicare.

(E) Personal clothing.

(F) Personal reading matter.

(G) Gifts purchased on behalf of a resident.

(H) Flowers and plants.

(I) Social events and entertainment offered outside the scope of the activities program, provided under §483.15(f) of this subpart.

(L) Specially prepared or alternative food requested instead of the food generally prepared by the facility, as required by §483.35 of this subpart.


If you have questions or concerns about elder abuse or neglect and wish to speak with an experienced malpractice attorney.  For more information about what may be charged to a resident or nursing home nutrition, hydration or failure to provide adequate nourishment or other forms of elder abuse or neglect call Ken LaBore for a free consultation at 612-743-9048.

Items That May Be Charged to Nursing Home Residents