Medicare will pay for a limited number of days in a skilled nursing facility (SNF) if your loved one has been recently hospitalized and needs skilled nursing or therapy services.

A SNF is a Medicare-approved facility that provides short-term post-hospital extended care services at a lower level of care than provided in a hospital. You may hear a SNF referred to as a nursing home, convalescent hospital or rest home -but be aware that not all facilities that go by these names are Medicare-certified. Make sure the facility you choose is Medicare-certified.

Medicare will never pay for your loved one to go to a facility that provides custodial and personal care services (such as meals and assistance with bathing and dressing) but does not provided skilled nursing or therapy services.