Medicare and Medicaid: Do You Understand the Difference?


By Emery County Care and Rehabilitation Center

One item that we find many people confuse when looking for financial assistance for their aging loved one is the difference between Medicare and Medicaid.

As a skilled nursing facility, we care for individuals that frequently use both, but they are not the same.

Medicare in a nursing home setting is usually just for short-stay patients (20-30 days). Specifically, individuals that are coming for rehab after surgery, illness or weakness.

Medicaid is different in that it is usually for individuals requiring long-term care.

Most individuals go to a skilled nursing facility for long-term care once they complete the extensive Medicaid application. Once approved, Medicaid will cover the cost for the remainder of the patient’s life as long as they stay in a skilled nursing facility.

Watch for more tips on planning for long-term care from Emery County Care and Rehabilitation Center.