As we age, we may require more significant assistance with our regular chores, so assisted living may be an option in these situations. We will discuss how and when Medicare assisted living is covered.

Assisted living is long-term care that allows you to maintain independence while monitoring your health and helping you with daily activities.

Long-term care, such as assisted living, is typically not covered by Medicare.

Continue reading to learn about Medicare, assisted living, and payment choices for some of these services.

When does Medicare assisted living is covered?

Following a hospital admission, Medicare only pays for long-term care if you require skilled nursing services for daily living assistance and need occupational therapy, wound care, or physical therapy, all of which can be obtained in a nursing home. Most time stays at these institutions are only insured for a certain amount of time (up to 100 days).

Assisted living facilities are not similar to skilled nursing homes because assisted living residents are frequently more self-sufficient than those in nursing homes. However, they still get 24-hour supervision and assistance with things such as dressing and bathing.

Custodial care is a term that describes nonmedical care, and Medicare does not cover custodial care. However, if you are getting an assisted living facility, Medicare may still cover certain expenses, such as:

  • Some medical or health-related treatments that are required or preventative
  • The meds you’re prescribed
  • Health and fitness programs
  • Assistance with transportation to and from physician visits

What parts pay for Medicare assisted living?

Consider the following sections of Medicare to see if the program covers any services related to your assisted living stay.

Part A of Medicare

Part A covers hospital insurance. It includes the following sorts of assistance:

  • Hospital stays (inpatient)
  • Stays in a mental health facility as an inpatient
  • Remains in a skilled nursing facility
  • Hospice services
  • Healthcare at home

Medicare Part A does not include the custodial services provided by assisted living facilities.

Part B of Medicare

Part B covers medical insurance. It includes the following topics:

  • Outpatient treatment
  • Medically required care
  • Taking certain precautionary measures

Even if these services aren’t available in an assisted living facility, you’ll almost certainly require them. Some assisted living homes can coordinate medical services with your healthcare practitioner.

Part B covers a wide range of topics, including:

  • Some laboratory tests
  • Vaccinations, such as flu and hepatitis B vaccines
  • Cardiovascular disease screenings
  • Rehabilitative treatment
  • Cancer screenings, such as breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screenings
  • Services and supplies for renal dialysis
  • Diabetic supplies and equipment
  • Chemotherapy

Part C of Medicare

Advantage plans are also called Part C plans and Medicare-approved private insurance companies provide these plans.

Part C plans contain benefits from Parts A and B and coverage for optional treatments that include vision, hearing, and dental, while individual plans differ in terms of cost and coverage.

Like Original Medicare (parts A and B), Part C plans do not cover assisted living. However, they may still be covered if you have an assisted living facility that does not provide these services, such as transportation and exercise or wellness programs.

Part D of Medicare

Medicare Part D plans to cover prescribed prescriptions no matter where you live. Also, part D will cover your prescription prescriptions if you live in an assisted living home and are on a list of medications.


Medigap or supplement insurance helps with items that Original Medicare doesn’t cover and usually does not cover long-term care, such as assisted living.

What is assisted living?

Assisted living is a sort of long-term care for people who need support with daily tasks but don’t require the same level of assistance or medical care as those who live in a skilled nursing facility (nursing home).

Assisted living facilities are available as standalone units or a larger nursing homes or retirement community complexes. Residents usually have their apartments or rooms but also access a variety of shared areas.

Assisted living serves as a transition between living at home and a nursing facility so it combines housing, health monitoring, and personal care help while allowing individuals to maintain as much freedom as possible.


Typical services given in an assisted living facility include:

  • Surveillance and monitoring 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Help with daily tasks such as dressing wounds, bathing, and eating
  • Meals served in a communal dining area
  • Arranging for residents’ medical or health services
  • Medicine administration or reminders
  • Washing and housekeeping services
  • Leisure and health-related activities
  • Arrangements for transportation

How much does it cost to live in an assisted living facility?

The median yearly cost of assisted living is projected to be around $38,000 from a Trusted Source. The price may be more or lower than this, and several things, including these, can influence it:

  • The facility’s location
  • Selection of a specific facility
  • The level of service or oversight required

Because Medicare does not cover assisted living, residents must pay for it out of pocket through Medicaid or long-term care insurance.

The bottom line

Assisted living is a halfway house between a home and a nursing home. It combines medical monitoring with assistance and daily activities to allow them as much independence as feasible.

Medicare does not cover assisted living. However, remember that some medical services, such as outpatient treatment, prescription medicines, and dental and vision care, may still be covered by Medicare.

The cost of assisted living varies based on where you live and how much care you require. Private insurance frequently covers assisted living care, Medicaid, or a long-term care insurance policy.

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