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Help Someone You Know Apply for Social Security and More

April 20, 2023 • By

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Last Updated: April 20, 2023

daughter helping father apply for benefits on tabletSocial Security helps people in all stages of life. We provide easy and convenient ways to learn about and apply for benefits. Using our online services, you can assist friends and family members to:

Apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Check if the person you are helping qualifies for SSI – and also apply – on our SSI page.

Apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits

When the unexpected happens and a loved one can no longer work due to a serious medical condition, our disability benefits can be a lifeline. Find out more on our Disability page.

Create a personal my Social Security account

If your loved one is planning for retirement or interested in estimating their future benefits, they can create a free and secure my Social Security account and view their Social Security Statement.

Check the status of a pending application for benefits

Checking the status of an application is quick and easy with a personal my Social Security account. If you don’t have an account, you can create one on our website.

Appeal a decision for benefits

If someone you know was denied Social Security benefits or SSI, they can request an appeal. We provide information on how to appeal decisions for both medical and non-medical reasons.

To discover more ways you can assist others, please visit our Information for People Helping Others page. Please share this information with friends and family and help us spread the word on social media!

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  1. Bradley B.

    Good morning folks working harder then ever within the Social Security Administration enduring in a no doubt maximum capacity cases heavy environment🏦🏦🇺🇸 THANK
    and now
    Brother 🛌
    🙇through a
    crack in
    the system
    since his major stroke on
    lost the ability too
    verbally or
    make his
    own informed
    globally aphasic
    hospital discharged a homebound
    hospices approved
    (🙇I’m hospices I’m 24 7 supervision he’s assistance dependent heavy incontinent time’s 2
    life limiting illnesses
    a 20% only
    washing machine dryer too ours busted 23 months ago we’re
    laundering soiled bedding through the kitchen sink shower stall heavy handled out back with a garden hose)
    My🙇brothers clearly defining medical records of treating hospital physicians therapists nursing staff laboratory imagine all support an individual as disabled
    lawfully entitled to disability benefits however he’s been denied at initial denied at recon appeal he’s in wait on a schedule for an Administrative Law Judge Hearing date still
    He’s morbidly declined to a state he’ll most likely not live to entertain at a scheduling A.L.J. Hearing
    🙇a hired Attorney has informed us my brothers misplaced medical evidence has since been uploaded to your Office of Hearings Operations facility in Sacramento California
    🙇it would be
    a blessing if
    it be
    his medical evidence was reviewed
    and the durable..🙇
    a bed a portable cammode bed pans wheelchair those kinds of things couldn’t come at
    a more
    welcoming point in time
    then now
    IT we can only
    how difficult
    it must be
    beyond ALL

    Thanks for


    B Parker

  2. Walt

    One can’t file for survivor benefits online at all, which is awful!!!

  3. Aryan

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts with us. According to me it was very insightful, I really enjoyed reading your content. Keep posting.

  4. Rebecca G.

    Can a 59 year old widow that on disability get her spouse SSI benefits he was blind

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Rebecca. Thanks for your question. An individual may be eligible for disabled widow benefits as early as early as age 50. They would want to contact us right away. Check out our If You Are the Survivor webpage. We hope this helps.

  5. Elizabeth A.

    Hello. I have a daughter who is now 26 with a rare neurological disorder. My husband and I have always taken care of her, and never applied for Ssdi when she was younger but now that we are getting older, are finding taking care of her needs financially to be difficult. She is not able to work a typical paying job due to her reduced cognitive skills. How do we get her labeled as disabled and get her in disability benefits to help her with living costs?

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Elizabeth. We are sorry to hear about your daughter’s condition. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a needs-based disability program that pays benefits to people with limited income and resources who are disabled, blind, or age 65 or older. Blind or disabled children may also get SSI. For more information, please visit our Supplemental Security Income webpage. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, on the other hand, are based on earnings and are not subject to income and resource limits. To see if your daughter may qualify and how to apply, please visit our Disability Benefits webpage. We hope this helps. 

  6. Sumero E.

    It is a very knowledgeble information. Everybody should read it.

  7. Tommy l.

    My name is Tommy l hill.a few years back I forgot my password to My social security I did all I could to get a new password change ,please help

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Tommy. We are sorry to hear you have had difficulty accessing your account. If you are still unable to access your account or encounter a problem with your personal my Social Security account, please call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. At the voice prompt, say “help desk.” We hope this helps.

  8. Alberta E.

    I helped 3retirees to apply for their Social Security Benefits and directed them to read up on information on SSA.GOV. All 3 are retired and enjoying their benefits 40 plus years in the workforce.

  9. Pierre S.

    As soon As I have the opportunity I will bave the Ralph included in my full name as my mother wanted it ///
    Most of all I do hope to receive my pension check transfer into my account as before so that I may pay my rent and eat properly again
    The first names issue could have been resolved by simply presenting my birth certificate, who has the 2 first names mentioned Ralph Pierre

  10. Vicki

    Everyone should apply on their own to eliminate fraud!

    • Pierre S.

      The SOCIAL sECURITY ADNIBISTRATION has shown its beneficial capacity to help the people in difficulties with its compassionates endeavors
      At this stage I have 2 problems I need to solve //
      No 1… I have received my pension chek transfer into my account for the months of March and April and thus I am facing difficulties as to pay my rent and to buy groceries so I can eat properly.
      No 2…I have ny autistic brother Jean Robert Scharoun I would like to re-enlist to receive again his suspended SSI BENEFITS/
      I hAVE THE AUTHORIZARION FROM Supreme Court of NY WHO had awarded me to be the legal Guardian and Tutor of my brother ..
      So I need receive as soon as it is possible my pension transfer check into my account again like before…And I need to have my autistic brother re-enlist to receive his SSI benefits again… My birth certificate has mentioned my full name as Ralph Pierre Scharoun but due to space in my early registration only Pierre remained but still most of my frieds called me Ralph So when Ihave the chance I will have the Ralph included legaly

      • Pierre S.

        I have made a mistake on the above statement where as I wanted to say that I have not received my pension check transfer into my account for the months of March And April/

        By mistake I have onited the not/ The facts are I have not received my pension check transfer for the months of March and April of year of 2023


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