you may need to be the one who applies for benefits on his or her behalf. There
are additionally some state and local programs that provide additional benefits
directly to full-time caregivers of the disabled, which means that you may also
be able to receive some financial support yourself for filling the role of
caregiver to another individual.
in which Caregivers May Need to Assist
disabled individual may require a caregiver to step in to facilitate the
application process for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.
must also apply on behalf of their kids.
adults with Alzheimer’s/Dementia, you may need to initiate and provide support
and guidance throughout the disability application process as well.
his or her charge in many other instances too, including for coma patients and
for individuals that are in and out of consciousness, for example.
available to describe whom it is that the application is for and who is
completing the application. These options include:
out an application for yourself
out an application for someone else who is with you
out an application for someone else who is not with you
behalf of someone else, and if that person is unable to comprehend the process
and sign the application, then there will be additional steps required for
applying for benefits on their behalf. Those details will be covered in the
article section, which follows, on the topic of seeking assistance from an
advocate or attorney.
behalf of the disabled person in your care. However, he or she will still need
to sign the application. Review the next section to know how to handle an
application for SSD benefits, if the person in your care is not mentally
Assistance from an Advocate or Attorney
formal application for SSD benefits, you may need to seek additional legal
assistance in order to act on behalf of an applicant with compromised or
otherwise limited mental capacity.
benefits is unable to understand the SSD application process and is unable to
sign the application, then you will need to either:
the legally designated representative of the disabled individual sign on behalf
of the applicant and submit the associated documentation to the SSA to prove he
or she is legally allowed to do so,
legal help to have a designated representative assigned to handle legal and
medical matters for the person that is in your care, including the formal
disability application process.
a Representative Payee
may also need to apply to be a representative payee with the SSA.
to use for providing the care and support your charge needs. This is a legally
binding relationship that requires you to communicate honestly and openly with
the SSA a minimum of four times per year regarding the manner in which benefit
funds are being spent.
It is important to note however, that in most circumstance, the SSA
requires this application form be completed during an in-person interview
appoint with an SSA representative, typically at your local SSA office.
for Caregiver Benefits
benefit programs available that may provide direct financial and other support
services for you as the caregiver of a disabled person.
department of family services in your home state, and may include the
services and other information
in gaining access to other services
groups, training, and individual counseling services
respite programs, to give you a break from your role as caregiver
supportive care services
usually in the form of Medicaid waiver payments issued to you as the caregiver
of a Medicaid recipient
in your area, you must reach out to your local department of family services or
another similar social services agency to make inquiries.
Article by Ram Meyyappan
Social Security Disability Help