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Medicare Glossary

Definitions for common Medicare terms

long-term care

DEFINITION: Long-term care refers to both medical and non-medical care for patients with a chronic illness or disability. Care typically involves assisting patients with basic daily activities such as dressing, bathing and using the bathroom and may be provided at home or in facilities that include nursing homes and assisted living. Medicare, generally, will pay for medically necessary nursing home or home health care if recipients meet Medicare criteria. But Medicare usually doesn’t pay for long-term care that falls into the category of custodial care.