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The Social Services for Aged and Disabled Adults (SSAD) program offers two types of support services to Nebraska residents: support targeted at the individual in need of care and support targeted at their primary caregiver. SSAD's goal is to help frail seniors continue to live as independently as possible, and as such, services are provided to beneficiaries in their homes and in the community, but not to persons residing in skilled nursing residences. The exception to this is when nursing home residency is temporary in nature and the individual will be returning to live in their home at some point in the near future. Services range from personal care to adult day care to meal delivery to chores. A complete list of services is available further down the page.
SSAD has exceedingly complex eligibility requirements. For the purposes of this article, the requirements have been simplified. The complete legal regulation is available for download here.
To qualify for services one must be:
Income guidelines change each year with cost of living adjustments (COLA). In 2017, the approximate limit for an individual is $1126 / month and for a married couple is $1263 / month. Or, in annual terms, under $13,512 for an individual and under $15,156 for a married couple / 2 person household. However individuals with incomes over these thresholds may still qualify, as there are many exceptions to what is considered to be "countable" income. Currently, there are no asset limits.
Program beneficiaries are assessed when they enter the program and the services they will receive are determined at that time. Possible services include:
For additional information about the SSAD program, click here. To apply, individuals should contact their county Department of Health and Human Services office. Contact information is available here. One may also apply online here. Ongoing participation in the SSAD Program requires annual verification that beneficiaries' incomes remain within the eligibility range.