2013 has brought with it many changes in elderly care, and one of the most crucial is the requirement that all Social Security benefits be set up for direct deposit. This will impact the tremendous number of seniors who are accustomed to receiving their monthly Social Security benefits in the form of a paper check. This requires that the senior sign up for the program prior to the deadline of March 1, 2013. Elderly care providers can help their aging loved ones understand the need for this transition and help them to sign up for the program prior to the deadline to make sure that there’s no interruption or cancellation of their benefits. If you are an elder care provider and are unsure about the program, or don’t know how to sign your aging loved one up for direct deposit of his Social Security benefits, don’t hesitate to contact the elder care services agency in your area for more information about the program and guidance in registering your aging loved one.
The first step in registering your aging loved one for electronic payment of Social Security benefits include gathering the important information and documentation that is necessary in order to complete the registration process.
This documentation includes:
- The routing and account numbers associated with an active and valid checking account in the name of the beneficiary or a formally established representative
- The 12 digit federal benefits check number associated with the monthly benefit checks of the beneficiary
- The exact amount of the most recent Social Security benefit check issued to the beneficiary.
Once you have gathered all of this information, contact the US Treasury Electronic Payment Solution Center or visit the secure website that has been established for setting up these automatic direct deposits. Once you have fully completed the registration process, your aging loved one will begin receiving his Social Security benefits directly into his bank account on a monthly basis. They will then be accessed either through checks or debit card. These measures are in an effort to make the receipt and usage of benefits easier and more convenient, and cut down on the possibility of Social Security benefit fraud.
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