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Moving to nursing home can affect SSI benefits

Published 09/17/2007

My mom is elderly and eligible for Supplemental Security Income benefits because of her limited income. Now, she is beginning to develop Alzheimer's disease, it is becoming dangerous for her to live alone, and we are considering a move into a nursing home. Would this change her SSI benefits? This depends on the type of facility. If an SSI beneficiary enters or leaves a public residential institution, skilled nursing facility, nursing home or any other kind of institution, Social Security must be notified. A person usually cannot continue to receive SSI while in a public institution. As you consider different places, ask each what kind of facility it is. With that information, your local SSA office can give you a specific answer.

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