When someone lives in an institution, you should allot a reasonable share of benefits for the institution's usual charges. You need to consider the institution's usual charges and the beneficiary's other current need. You should not pay an amount for current maintenance over the legal maximum set up by the State.
If a beneficiary receives care in a State, Federal, or private institution that doesn’t receive Medicaid funds for him or her, you should give highest priority to his or her current maintenance. Current maintenance is not just the institution’s usual charges. Current maintenance includes costs for items that will aid in his or her recovery or release from the institution, or improve his or her condition while in the institution. You should conserve or invest any remaining benefits not needed for other proper uses. Other proper uses may include temporarily maintaining his or her home outside the institution, unless a doctor certifies he or she is unlikely to return home.
If an SSI beneficiary enters a facility report the admission to SSA. If he or she receives substantial Medicaid payments for the cost of care and the $30 personal needs allowance, you cannot use the benefit for current maintenance.
If current needs are met, and he or she has a dependent (spouse, child, or parent) living at home, you may be able to use part of the benefit to support the legal dependents. Contact your local Social Security office for guidance.