Do Nursing Homes Accept Medicare?

One frequent question we get is, “Do nursing homes accept medicare?”

Medicare will not usually pay for long-term room and board at nursing homes. A nursing home that provides medical services may accept payment for those particular items, but not for residential fees.

If it is medically required for you to get “skilled nursing care” (for example, trained nurses who can administer chemotherapy medications and monitor your response) then Medicare Part A may cover your stay at a skilled nursing facility.

Medicare is health insurance and covers medical expenses like doctor’s visits, hospitalization and medical supplies – it does not typically pay for extended care or nursing home fees. Even though an elderly person may need help bathing and dressing does not mean Medicare will pay for that assistance.

Is There Free Nursing Home Care?

Nursing Homes are expensive. How expensive? According to AARP,

Brace yourself. Most people already know nursing home care can be expensive. Although the average cost is more than $50,000 a year and climbing, it can vary widely depending on where you live. Employee health insurance does not pay for nursing home care. About a third of nursing home residents pay all of their nursing home costs from their own funds.”

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Most senior citizens want to age at home and not at a nursing home or other senior care facility. If you ask older Americans, they’d rather live on their own alone than with relatives. But living alone can create a whole host of problems. Continue reading Compare Medical Alert Systems