Issues Unique to the Elderly on DisabilityBy Kenton Koszdin on October 3, 2018 | In Disease SSDI Claim
Most disabilities eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) don’t go away. In fact, as we age, some of these disabilities become harder to manage. There are many services provided by the Social Security Administration (SSA) that make it easier for you to both manage your disability and to help you care for your family when you are gone.
The following four issues are unique to the elderly who are on disability, and there are ways your disability benefits can help.
Transportation is difficult if you no longer drive or if you now need special care due to mobility issues. Your disability benefits allow you to receive transportation from your home to both doctor’s appointments and activities in which you may be a participant. Federal funds are allocated to help the elderly, especially those with mobility issues, receive free transportation from local organizations.
Just like transportation can make life a lot easier for the elderly with a disability, so can having a well-maintained home. As a disabled senior, you qualify for free or low-cost help around your home. Household chores as well as yard maintenance can help you retain pride in your home long after you are able to complete these chores on your own. If you need assistance moving to a more suitable location for living, moving services are also provided either free or for a reduced cost.
Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia require many types of therapy to help seniors take care of themselves as long as possible. Physical or occupational therapy helps the elderly with dementia stay in their own home, with additional support services as well. These types of therapy are offered free of charge, as is speech therapy so those with a dementia disability can communicate much easier.
If you have dependents that rely on you and your Social Security benefits, they are eligible for what’s known as Survivor’s Benefits. Your spouse and child dependents under 18 will receive monthly payments based on your own work credit history. If you have a disabled dependent, there is no age limit on receiving Survivor’s Benefits. Even step-children or grandchildren are eligible if they are your dependent.
If you have questions about your disability benefits and additional services for which you may qualify, call the Koszdin Law Office to schedule a consultation. If you don’t currently have disability benefits and you are elderly, you may be able to get them. Our friendly staff are ready and willing to help.