People who work and pay taxes for any length of time will qualify for Medicare when they reach the age of 65, and just about everyone is aware of this fact of life. When you are younger, you probably don’t think much about Medicare, so you may not know all of the facts. It would be natural to assume that Medicare will cover every health care matter that can come your way when you are a senior citizen.
In reality, the Medicare program does not pay for long-term care. It will pay for convalescent care after an illness or injury, but it does not pay for what is called custodial care. This is the type of care you would receive if you were to reside in an assisted living community or nursing home.