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The Representative Payment Program may help caregivers in Mobile

At some point in a person's life, they often become a caregiver for a loved one. Whether it's an aging parent, a disabled child or a friend in need, it's good to look out for the important people in your life. When a person in Mobile is a primary caretaker, it usually means the injured or ill person is unable to complete simple daily tasks that most people master every day, like feeding themselves, paying their bills or even cleaning the house. If a person is unable to do those things, it's very possible that they won't be able to effectively oversee the management of SSI Supplemental Security Income.

Since the definition of a recipient of SSI is that they are disabled or otherwise injured, it's not that surprising that a program is in place for those that cannot manage their SSI benefits. The Social Security Administration's Representative Payment Program provides financial management for the Social Security and SSI payments of our beneficiaries who are incapable of managing their Social Security or SSI payments. Oftentimes a family member or friend can be named a representative of a person's SSI benefits. This ensures that people who need SSI benefits are granted those benefits regardless of state of health.

One can put in a request to the SSA to get the ball rolling on the Representative Payment Program. SSI income is a means of getting resources to those who are unable to procure them themselves. An inability to oversee SSI shouldn't be a roadblock for people who legitimately qualify and need the financial benefits that SSI offers. Friends or family members who are in a caretaker position are the next best thing to get a person's benefits property managed.

SSI does take some oversight on behalf of either the recipient or the representative who helps oversee the funds. Occasionally a person's benefits may need to be adjusted, re-applied for or other paperwork and maintenance an ill person may otherwise be unable to complete. Caretakers can be named a person who is like a spokesperson for the recipient of SSI. This can make the process of receiving benefits easier for the family.

Source: ssa.gov, "When people need help managing their money," Accessed July 31, 2017

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