Taken from the Social Security Administration…a timely holiday reminder!

Let’s face it, the last thing you’re going to want to do during this holiday season is another errand. When it comes to taking care of Social Security business, your shopping is is easy. You’ll find that http://www.socialsecurity.gov makes it easy to stay home and get that one last thing done. You can check off much of your Social Security business quickly and securely from your home using your computer or tablet (which you might have unwrapped early). At the Social Security website you can create “my Social Security account”, which enables you to:

– Obtain an instant, personalized estimate of your future Social Security benefits;
– Verify the accuracy of your earnings record—your future benefit amounts are based on your earnings record, so it is important to make sure your earnings are recorded properly;
– Change your address and phone number, if you receive monthly Social Security benefits;
sign up for or change direct deposit of your Social Security benefits; and obtain estimates of the Social Security and Medicare taxes you’ve paid;
– Apply for retirement, disability, spouses, and Medicare benefits;
– Check the status of your benefit application;
– Use our benefit planner to help you better understand your Social Security options as you plan for your financial future;
– Request a replacement Medicare card;
– Apply for Extra Help with your Medicare prescription drug plan costs.

The website has everything you need to know about the Social Security program. Information is available on subjects ranging from how to get a Social Security number for a newborn to how to apply for veterans’ benefits.

Keep in mind that during the holiday season, your wait time may be longer if you call or visit a local Social Security office. You can call toll-free at 1-800-772-1213. Staff is available to answer specific questions from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. (Generally, you’ll have a shorter wait time if you call during the week after Tuesday.)

Stay warm and cozy, and get convenient service by going to http://www.socialsecurity.gov.

– John D. Miller is the founder/owner of Home Care Partners, LLC, a Massachusetts business providing private duty, personalized in-home assistance and companion care services to those needing help in daily activities and household functions. He can be reached at: (781) 378-2164; email: jdmiller@homecarepartners.biz ; or online at: www.homecarepartnersma.com