Can anyone tell me or give me a reliable source to find out what happens to a residents social security benefits once a person becomes long term care resident of a nursing home? We have a patient who was admitted to our hospital from long term care nursing home who has been on the vent for 3 months and we cannot find suitable placement. The patient will never be able to wean off of the vent and has a terminal illness. She spends day after day in her room, on the vent, without visitors. Her family wants "everything done" but won't even come to visit. One of the doctors mentioned that the family is most likely getting the social security check and that is the reason they have made the decision to leave her in our facility. I would greatly appreciate any information on where to find information on how this system works and if in fact this is the case. State of Alabama if that makes a difference. Thanks to anyone that can give me some info! Also if ANYONE knows of resources to place long term vent patients (with or without terminal illness) I would be extremely grateful.