When my mom had her accident in 2010, I was at a loss at were to start to make sure she had all the help she needed I could possibly find for her. I was fortunate to have help from my aunt and several Geriatric Care Managers.(see my posts What is a GCM? and Interview with The Geriatric Care Manager.) Recently, I have been doing some research online. I found several groups and agencies. These groups and agencies are chuck full of all kinds of information.
The first 2 I would like to tell you about is the best place to start for just about anyone. Everyone’s situation is different and every family dynamic is different. However, I feel these 2 sites will help you.
Where to Start
The first one is Benefits.gov the other is www.Benefitscheckup.org. Both of the sites are going to ask you to fill out a questionnaire. Then they will send back to you a list of government programs, supplements and services, including details and eligibility information. I suggest you go to both sites. Even though they will give you similar information but one could give you additional information for your area.
Web Sites to look for Help
- Medicare – There is more to Medicare than Part A and B. It is a good idea to check and see if your aging loved one is eligible for Part D. Part D is prescription drug coverage. This could be a great cost saving to your loved one and is worthy looking to for eligibility.
- Social Security – If your parent’s Social Security benefits were earned based on lower-paying jobs, and if the benefits are their only source of income, there may be a larger monthly benefit available by applying for the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. Depending on what state you live in this program could be handled by your state government.
- Administration on Aging – They have many program services for the elderly ranging from health care to long term care.
- Your Senator or Congressman – Now, this is something I never thought of but I think it is worth mentioning. Senators and most Congressmen have staff specialist on elder affairs, programs and services. The staff person can both advise and advocate for benefits or services for your loved one.
- Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) – If your aging loved one is a military veteran or a spouse of one, they can be eligible for benefits. There are many different levels of VA compensation and pensions.
- HIPPA – The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act provides you loved one privacy of their medical records. This protection should be concern to you because unless they sign a form designating you to be able to discuss medical concerns with their doctors and health care providers, the doctors will not discuss issues with you. You can access forms for the loved one to sign on the HIPAA website. Make sure you give a copy to all health care providers.
To sum it all up
As I said at the beginning, every situation is different. There is probably sites I missed. However, I gave you a starting point. With this list of online help I sincerely hope you find it and as a caregiver you will have less stress.
Thank you for stopping by.