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  • Writer's pictureHumberto Fortuna

Does Medicare pay for a NURSING HOME or Long-Term Care for the elderly?

Updated: Oct 23, 2023

By Humberto Fortuna MA, MS

The answer is NO.

Many people believe Medicare will pay for long stays or for Long term Care in a nursing home for older adults, but it DOES NOT!


Medicare will pay for skilled care SERVICES and Therapy services for their recipients. Medicare will only cover services for a short period of time.

Medicare will cover for a maximum of 100 days, a Short-Term Care time in a skilled nursing home, or also called Rehab, or Rehabilitation center for someone who needs special care or skilled care after leaving a hospital. Medicare is a federal benefit.


So, Medicare will give you services and care for a short period of time but not for Long Term Care.

When thinking about costs and what is covered by Medicare in a Short term stay, keep in mind that there can be extra, out of pocket charges for supplies, personal care; like hair appointments, laundry, and services that are outside routine care.


After your Short-term rehabilitation stay in a Rehabilitation Center or Skilled Nursing Facility you will be transferred home, to a Long term Care unit or to an Assisted living Facility or possibly an Independent living Community.


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