Skilled nursing facility care is a level of care that requires the daily involvement of skilled nursing or rehabilitation staff to treat, manage and observe your condition in a certified facility. Examples of skilled nursing facility care include intravenous injections and physical therapy.

Medicare covered services include, but are not limited to, semi-private rooms, meals, skilled nursing care, physical and occupational therapy, speech-language pathology services, medical social services, medications, medical supplies and equipment used in the facility, ambulance transportation, and dietary counseling.

The need for custodial care (for example, assistance with activities of daily living, like bathing and dressing) cannot, in itself, qualify you for Medicare coverage in a skilled nursing facility. However, if you qualify for coverage based on your need for skilled nursing or rehabilitation, Medicare will cover all of your care needs in the facility, including assistance with activities of daily living.