If you or a loved one is moving from one long-term care facility to another, you have certain rights regarding payment to the previous facility under Washington law. RCW 70.129 provides in part:

“If a resident dies or is hospitalized or is transferred to another facility for more appropriate care and does not return to the original facility, the facility shall refund any deposit or charges already paid less the facility’s per diem rate for the days the resident actually resided or reserved or retained a bed in the facility notwithstanding any minimum stay policy or discharge notice requirements, except that the facility may retain an additional amount to cover its reasonable, actual expenses incurred as a result of a private-pay resident’s move, not to exceed five days’ per diem charges, unless the resident has given advance notice in compliance with the admission agreement.”

(The above should not be construed as specific legal advice and is intended for general information purposes only)