Long-Term Care

Frequently Asked Questions

18. Doesn't Medicare cover most long-term care costs?

No. Contrary to what many people think, Medicare does not cover most long-term care costs. It does pay for some part-time services for people who are homebound and for short-term skilled nursing care, but it does not cover ongoing personal care at home, like help with bathing. It may cover part of the first 100 days in a nursing home. (For more information about Medicare coverage, see "Continuing Care Options" in the Medicare Basics for Caregivers topic at http://nihseniorhealth.gov/medicareandcontinuingcare/continuingcareoptions/01.html).