Assisted living and retirement benefits


Q: My uncle retired from the U.S. Postal Service in or around 1982 after 30 years of service. He is 92 and will be moving into an assisted living facility. Is he entitled to any financial assistance to cover the cost? He has been receiving his pension of $2,400 a month since his retirement, but it does not cover the cost.

A: No, the retirement system doesn’t provide such assistance. However, if he is enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program or Medicare, he may be eligible for some benefits from them.


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  1. Medicare does not provide any benefit for assisted living. Some states have Medicaid-waiver programs available for those who would qualify for Medicaid and need help to maintain their independence.

    The prgram in Illinois, which goes by the name Supportive Living, is wonderful.

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