WebMD Medical Reference
Long-term care refers to social, medical and personal
services for people who need help for a long time due to old age or disability.
medical needs, but does not pay for social and personal
services such as:
- Moving around
- Using the bathroom
What Medicare Covers
Skilled Nursing Facility Care
- Medicare helps to pay for your recovery in a
skilled nursing facility after a three-day hospital stay. For
more details on what this includes and what it costs, see What Does Medicare
- Medicare will cover the cost of skilled nursing care
for a maximum of 100 days. As soon as you no longer need daily skilled nursing care,
Medicare stops paying.
Home Health Care
- If you are home bound and your doctor says you
need short-term skilled care, Medicare will pay for
nurses and therapists to provide services in your
To learn more about what home health care benefits
What Does Medicare Cover?