I was told to prepare for my Dad's funeral by social worker from Davita. Is there any help from county that we could apply? - AgingCare.com

I was told to prepare for my Dad's funeral by social worker from Davita. Is there any help from county that we could apply?

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My father has Medicaid, Medicare and received SSI and EBT Food. He has no saving and on Dialysis for 7+year. The social worker asked us to prepare for his final day. Is there have any help from county that we could apply.
Thanks, Helen

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Veterans can also be buried free in National Cemeteries and some States have State Veteran's Cemereries.
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Social Security provides a small death benefit, and if he was a Vet, the VA will provide a headstone, but you would pay to have it installed at the grave. The Social worker can help you with that. If you want a wake at a funeral home, you pay for that but it is not necessary. For that you would appoint pallbearers. Your church will certainly help with a memorial service, so contact your pastor and he will help you pick the readings and the music.. An Obituary must be composed, listing relatives and life achievements, so you need to do that. If dad has a grave plot, find the deed or call the cemetery for the plot number. Figure out what family members need to be notified and make a list. If he had a Will, find that. Find Life Insurance policies, if any. If he owns a house, get a lawyer to find out if you can sell it, or if Medicaid recovers it. Lots to do.
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States or counties have methods to pay for the burial or cremation of a person who did not have the means to arrange that for themselves. Call or search on line in your area for something like burials for the indigent or contact your local coroners office. Some medical schools may take a body donation and then eventually pay for the final disposition of the body after it has been used by students learning medicine. The coroners office or a hospice outfit may be able to make suggestions. The family may also wish to make their own contributions to his final disposition. Look now into your options so it's not as great a shock as it will be later.
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Aw, phooey...first of all, so sorry you and Dad are going through this, but second of all - why didn't the social worker give you a few leads? One thing you are allowed to do is get a life insurance policy that is really a burial policy that you pay into. But I would not know of specifics at all, or what provision would be made by the county or the state if there is no time for saving up for that...and I hope she didn't mean she thought his time was very limited...
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