My mom has to move out of my brothers house and she has no money. She lives on social security and has very little. What do I do?

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Also pound the pavement and/or search the Web for drug-free congregate / supportive housing linked to medical & MH services. AL would be nice, but that SS check only goes so far. BTW, start putting together a list of pantries and thrift shops. She's going to need them.
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She should look into either section 42 housing, or section 8 housing. Sec 42 is subsidized housing, Sec 8 is lower income housing. If she is in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area, Marquette Manor in South Milwaukee, is a really nice place. I have friends that live there. Affordable, friendly, clean, safe, lots of space...she might like it.
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You cannot apply for VA assistance ahead of time - it must be applied for if and when the patient is going into a ALF or nursing facility or will be receiving home care. I do however, recommended that you get all the applicable documents now that will be required when filling out the application and have them ready - since getting them in order sometimes can take time if you don't already have them; namely, military discharge papers, certified marriage certificate, etc. - info can be found on the Veterans Admin. website. The application papers cannot be filled out and the process can not even start until the person is ready for care and you have documentation from a doctor and a facility that the person has been admitted or is receiving home care. I know this makes it very hard to budget, since at this point you don't have any idea what monetary amount they will be entitled to. The VA being knowledgeable can and will give you an estimate of financial assistance when they are filling out the papers - or do like I did and go in and talk to the VA even before the patient is eligible. I was given an approximate amount that they felt my mom would receive. Although it does take time - sometimes like the answer above stated - 11 months - the money received will be retroactive from the date the application was submitted - meaning that the first check will cover the previous 11 months. I heard that if the Veterans Admin. does the paperwork (as I stated above in my previous post that is very important) they know how to fill out the papers correctly and thus hopefully can avoid any initial denials - denials are usually based on incomplete paperwork, but as with anything nowadays there are always delays. Good luck!
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a note on the veterans aid and assistance. do not expect it soon. we have been waiting for 11 months now. when we called, the answer we recieved was that it has not been denied and is still in the process. keep trying all avenues, but be prepared for delays and setbacks.
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Thank You so much for the information and I will.
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You will find that the requirements to qualify for Veterans aid are very simple. Just please go through the Veterans Administration - check your local office and they will assist you in filling out the forms. Many times you may read in the newspapers that there are "free seminars" to assist you with the veterans assistance program process. These seminars are usually presented by Assisted Living facilities but they do advertise in the local papers and are open to the public. Go to the seminar if you wish to become knowledgeable in the program but do NOT have them assist you. The people that are giving the seminars are investors (they don't work for the Veterans Program although they do try to portray that they do) and they want you to sit down with them - yes they will help you fill out the forms - but they really want to assist you in investing your money. The Veterans Administration will assist you with everything and for free. Contact your local county government office - many times they have someone in the Veterans dept. that will assist you. We did this with mom and they were so helpful and the process is pretty easy, although it does take time, but they will guide you every step of the way. No one should be charging you or talking about investing your money when you are filling out these forms. Good luck! Keep us posted please on how you are doing.
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Wow Thank you Elaine. That is a new one. I will definitely do that. I think things are good right now. She is not going to move out of my Brothers house now. They have worked things out for the time being but I am definitely going to hold on to all of the info I have received from this forum and I really appreciate all the help I have received. Have a great day.
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Agree with answers above - the offices of the Council on Aging should be able to help you. Also if mom or dad was a veteran, you can obtain assistance from the Veterans Aid & Assistance Program.
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Call the Area office on Aging at 800-510-2020, regardless of where you live it will direct you automatically to the office in your locality. Your mother is definitely considered "disabled" based on the health issues she has. Depending on where she lives she may be entitled to additional monies under SSI even if she is getting SS depending on just how much she gets from SS and any other funds she may have. Look into subsidized housing which is available in many areas, The government thru HUD has many housing programs and one may be of assistance to her.. Contrary to some beliefs the government is doing a fair job of assisting the seniors in this country. I know, I am 74, and have been able to access many programs. Just dig deep and don't give up.. Best of luck.
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If she has heart problemsshe is classified as dissabled, just get the paperwork from her Dr.stating that and that she is diabetic, she should be elligable for Elder Care, the Dr. just has to state that in thet paperwork. Is there areason she can't stay with you or another family member?
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