Your mother-in-law may be entitled to assistance from several different government benefit programs, each of which could ease your financial and personal burden. If your mother-in-law is entitled to Social Social Security Administration can set up a direct deposit into her account. Your mother-in-law can then use that money for her living expenses at your house.
Security retirement, disability, or survivors benefits, that money was probably going directly to the nursing home she was in. It should now be redirected into your mother-in-law's own bank account. The
If your mother-in-law has no income other than her Social Security benefits, and has little or no savings or other assets, she might also qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSI is a program for low-income people, including elders, run jointly by the federal government and the states. Contact your local county social services office to find out about eligibility and applying.
Your mother-in-law might also be eligible for Medicaid coverage of medical expenses not paid for by Medicare. This reduces the amount of money she'll have to spend on medical care, leaving it available for other living expenses. Also, through Medicaid she might be eligible for adult day care services. Adult day care provides a safe, structured environment with activities for people who would otherwise be housebound or would need to live in a nursing facility. Your mother-in-law could regularly spend time there, giving you much-needed relief from your caregiving duties. Like SSI, Medicaid is a joint federal-state program. Contact your local county social services office for information about eligibility and applying.