Many caregivers are not aware that their loved ones could receive support from government programs to cover the cost of necessities. Complicating the problem are challenging application processes. Each program’s application and eligibility requirements can be different.
Help a Caregiver
Someone who has a monthly income of around $1,700 a month or less and/or who struggles to make ends meet has a good chance at being eligible for benefits.
Help a caregiver access AARP Benefits QuickLINK, an online benefits inventory sponsored by the AARP Foundation. You can use this FREE online tool to determine eligibility for public assistance programs. These programs can help cover expenses such as groceries, utilities, health care and prescriptions. In 15 minutes or less, with Benefits QuickLINK, you can help a caregiver find out whether his or her loved one might be eligible for programs, get applications for the programs and find out where to apply. All this can be done without ever entering a bank account or Social Security number — any information entered is strictly confidential.
Online Resources and Tools
In addition to Benefits QuickLINK, you can find expert advice, free education and helpful information on Medicare, financial relief, food assistance, choosing an appropriate prescription drug plan and more by using the free tools listed below:
Your Guide to Public Benefits in Your State - www.aarp.org/quicklink
Click on the “Help in my State” tab and select the state to download a pdf.
Medicare - www.medicare.gov
Medicare Interactive Tool - www.medicareinteractive.org/index.php
Medicare Part D Guide - www.aarp.org/health/medicare-insurance/medicare_partD_guide/
Doughnut Hole Calculator - doughnuthole.aarp.org
Food Assistance-Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) - www.aarp.org/snap or our guide Help Someone Get the Food They Need - It's a SNAP! at http://createthegood.org/toolkit.
Finding Relief in Tough Times - www.aarp.org/realrelief