Receiving Deceased Parent's Social Security Benefits

I have been my mother's caregiver for 6 years. She passed away last week. I was told that I could receive some of her Social Security benefits, if I were her caregiver. Does anyone know the answer to this question?

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February 27, 20180 found this helpful

ONLY the Social Security office can answer this question correctly and they may answer this type of question over the telephone.

  • The only SS benefit given to an adult after death of a parent would be the death/burial benefit and you may not qualify for that.
  • This benefit is for $255 but is usually paid to a spouse or dependent children.
  • There may have been some sort of "payment" you could have received while your mother was alive but nothing after death.
  • There are several qualifications for a caretaker to be able to receive money from SS, but all of that is null and void upon the death of the parent.
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  • Call your SS office.
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February 27, 20180 found this helpful

You need to call the Social Security office, and bring proper documentation when you get your appointment.

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February 27, 20180 found this helpful

If you have the paperwork they sent you from SS then you should call them and take this with you. I'm sure you'll need her death certificate and a few other papers to go along with this. You'll have to call and make an appointment to see the person who sent you the information or that you talked with on the phone.

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February 27, 20180 found this helpful

On their website it does not state anything about caregiver, so it may vary case by case.

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You can give them a call at: 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778).
Or, visit your local Social Security office : secure.ssa.gov/.../main.jsp

Someone will help you further there. I am sorry to hear about your mother passing.

Reference:

faq.ssa.gov/.../who-can-get-social-security-survivors...

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February 28, 20180 found this helpful

If I am reading your question correctly, you did not receive any communication from the Social Security Admin but someone just told you that could receive some of your mother's SS benefits.

There are no SS funds for a caregiver after the death of a parent, child or anyone after the death of that person.

There are special cases where a caregiver can get SS funds while a person is alive but even that stops at the death of the person receiving care.

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