State (Non-Medicaid) Enhanced Assisted Living Program
The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Enhanced Assisted Living Program is a state and federal program for adults over age 65 and adults with disabilities. The program provides financial assistance to eligible individuals who are assessed and found to be in need of services provided in an Assisted Living Facility. The SSI Enhanced benefit allows for an increased SSI payment to help cover the cost of room and board. To qualify, an individual must participate in an assessment and be considered an appropriate candidate for admission.
To qualify for the SSI Enhanced Assisted Living Program, you must meet the following criteria:
– Rhode Island resident
– Be at least 65 years old or an adult with a disability
– Have a gross income of less than $1,212 per month
– Your resources/assets must be less than $2,000
– You CANNOT have whole life insurance worth more than $1,500 face value
– You must not require extensive medical services such as those provided in a nursing facility
– You must apply for or to be a recipient of SSI
For more information or to apply for the program, call THE POINT at (401) 462-4444.
Benefits and Services
This program helps pay for assisted living costs up to a maximum of $1,212 / month. This figure may be updated later in 2018.
In assisted living, the staff provides assistance with the activities of daily living, congregate meals, medication oversight, transportation assistance and social activities.
While this amount is well below the average monthly cost of assisted living in RI, some residences have negotiated to accept this amount and in other cases there are supplemental sources of funding.
To Lean More and to find forms – Please find information on the Department of Human Services Website.
Many families planning for the future needs of loved ones see those needs progress in stages over time. People may not need a skilled nursing facility but do need the resources of assisted living. This program can put those facilities in reach for those who may not otherwise be able to afford this assistance.
Are you planning for the future needs of yourself or a loved one? Call us to discuss your plan.