If you are the caregiver of someone who is experiencing a disabling condition that is expected to keep them from working for at least twelve months, then you can help them apply for disability benefits. By applying on their behalf, you can help them receive monthly benefits that can be used to pay for daily living needs. This includes utilities, rent, medical care, etc.
There are two types of benefits that you can help someone apply for as a caregiver. Both have the same medical requirements. Your patient's condition must meet a listing in the Blue Book listing. The Blue Book is the medical guide that the SSA uses to establish if someone medically qualifies. You can review the listing for the condition your patient is experiencing to find out what medical records and evidence you'll need to gather to help prove they qualify.
If you are the caregiver of a loved one, you can also become the payee for their benefits if and when they are approved. This means that you will have access to the claimant's account to make sure that their benefits are used for daily living needs. You'll need to keep copies of receipts of bills you have paid on their behalf to report to the SSA.
Learn more about how to apply as a caregiver for someone experiencing a condition listed below: