Know How to Check Eligibility for Senior Programs

Are you unsure of how you can get help understanding your loved one’s eligibility for senior housing, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program eligibility, post-retirement employment and more? The National Council on Aging has numerous Benefits Enr

The Basics of Benefits Enrollment Centers

There are currently 69 benefits enrollment centers in 36 states. At these centers, seniors don’t just find help understanding eligibility for aid, but also can receive assistance correctly completing the application forms. This one-on-one assistance ensures that the right eligible seniors complete the application process, which can be confusing and complicated.

Benefit Programs

Unfortunately, many seniors assume ineligibility and don’t take the time to explore what could be available to them. Even if you think that your loved one’s income is too high, you should pay a visit to a benefits enrollment center. What benefit programs are available?

  • Medication Assistance: These vital programs work through Medicare and prescription savings and discount cards. On average, the seniors who use medication assistance benefits get $4,000 of annual financial assistance.
  • Income Assistance: This type of assistance program offers cash to cover basic living expenses including housing, food and clothing. Income assistance also covers Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program and home-delivered meals.
  • Lifeline and Link-Up: These senior programs work to help older adults age-in-place by lowering the cost of utilities and covering repair costs to keep homes safe and up to code.
  • Tax Relief: Depending on the situation, your loved one could qualify for a credit for being elderly, disabled or a veteran. Tax relief can also come in the form of freezing the home valuation, property tax deferral or homestead exemptions.
  • Other programs include ways to find post-retirement employment, reduced-cost public transportation, legal services, education programs and more.
  • Economic Advice: From anywhere in the country, you can access the National Council on Aging website, which hosts seminars and displays information about national and regional programs. The advice on the site is very useful and covers everything from renting vs. home ownership to legal issues.
  • Medicare Advice: The world of Medicare is confusing and constantly changing. The National Council on Aging also has an information portal for seniors to see coverage options, understand cost liability and get a roadmap of what to expect. Even better, all of the advice is written in plain English that is easy to understand.

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At Senior Care Lifestyles, we specialize in facilitating the connection between seniors and the right in-home care, assisted living and senior living communities. We have assisted hundreds of families with finding effective and affordable solutions for loved ones. Get in touch today by calling 410-977-3718!

Deborah Bakalich, Certified Senior Advisor®
Deborah Bakalich, Certified Senior Advisor®
Owner, Certified Senior Advisor (CSA®) & Assisted Living Placement Specialist - Senior Care Lifestyles, LLC provides compassion, guidance and recommendations to families faced with transitioning a loved one into Assisted Living, Dementia/Alzheimer’s Care, Skilled Nursing, Temporary Respite Care or a Continuous Care Retirement Community. Senior Care Lifestyles was founded in 2014 by Deborah Bakalich, a Certified Senior Advisor and graduate from both Towson University and Stevenson. Senior Care Lifestyles is uniquely positioned as a local (not National) Maryland based placement firm familiar with Maryland senior care facilities and in-state financial assistance programs for senior residents. They meet personally with each family to understand the seniors care needs including medical, personal lifestyle preferences, budget, religion and desired geographic location. They pride themselves in locally guiding and educating families through the entire maze of senior living options available and will schedule tours on behalf of the family and accompany the family on visits of communities. They are passionate and committed to finding the perfect match to call home and stays with the family throughout the entire process, every step of the way, until a decision is made, and the senior is safely moved into their new home. Senior Care Lifestyles can also provide the family with trustworthy, vetted, and reputable experts to assist with the transition for organizing, packing, moving, sale of real estate, estate planning, legal services, and determining eligibility for State, Federal and Veterans Benefits to assist with care costs. Deborah is a proud member of the Maryland Senior Resource Network (MSRN) where she has served as Vice President on the Board of Directors. She is a member of the Alzheimer’s Organization, Society of Certified Senior Advisors, Mid-Atlantic Network Group and a member of the Business Opportunity Network (BON).

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