The costs of care can be overwhelming. Medicare, Social Security, veterans or other public benefits and long-term care insurance can help. While these are crucial resources, they are often confusing and difficult to manage.
AARP's Caregiving Question and Answer Tool is your source when navigating the complexity of insurance and public benefits.
Q. How much does long-term care cost (e.g., nursing home, assisted living, adult day care, home health aide)?
A. The cost for long-term care varies widely, depending on the type of care needed and where you live. — Read full answer.
Q. Is there any financial assistance to help cover the costs of medical supplies and services to help me care for my family member/friend?
A. There are a variety of federal and state programs that exist for those in need of assistance. To find programs that help save money, visit AARP’s Benefits Quick Link. — Read full answer.
Q. How do I apply for Social Security Disability for another person?
A. There are two ways to apply — either online (at www.socialsecurity.gov) or by making an appointment to file your claim by calling the Social Security Administration (800-772-1213). — Read full answer.
Q. What benefits are available to my loved one who is a veteran?
A. A variety of benefits exist for veterans, their family caregivers and survivors, but eligibility requirements vary significantly. — Read full answer.