Assisting your elderly parent to get old age grant

Some so many families need to take care of their elderly parents. Mostly because their parents don’t have an income, or didn’t ensure that they have money when they reach retirement age. Did you know they can apply for old age grant from Sassa?

Most of the time, the children might be struggling financially themselves, and they are looking for a way to assist their parents in getting some financial assistance. We are going to tell you how you can get Sassa’s old age grant for your parents so that the financial burden is less for you.  We all know that we love our parents, but taking care of them financially if we are also in financial problems is hard.

You don’t have to provide financial assistance to your elderly parent. They can get old age grant

The Old age grant might not be a lot of money, but this can be a great help for children that needs to take care of their parents. Many think that only certain people that don’t have any income at all can qualify for the grant. However, this isn’t the case.

As long as your parents qualify for the grant, and they don’t exceed the financial requirements for the grant, they can apply for the grant and have a salary of their own to use.

Old age grant can assist parents over 60 years

The Sassa for old age people can assist with parents over 60 years of age. And with the monthly allowance that they are getting, it will be easier to take care of them, or easier for them to take care of themselves. From April 2022 the new old age grant will increase from R1 890 to R1980. And, it will increase again during October 2022.

The grant for people over the age of 75 years is more than those for older than 60 years. They will get R2 000 from April 2022. This is making it easier for older people to take care of themselves.

Requirements to qualify for Sassa old age grant

Before you can take your parent to apply for Sassa old age grant, you need to make sure that you are aware of the requirements. The last thing that you want to do, is to take your parents to Sassa, just to hear that they didn’t qualify at all. These are all the requirements for qualifying for the old age grant from Sassa.

  • You must be older than 60 years of age
  • Need to be a South African citizen, permanent living in South Africa
  • Not receiving any other social grant for yourself
  • Not being cared for in a state institution like an old age home
  • You should not earn more than R86 280 if you are single or R172 560 when you are married
  • Your assets should not be worth more than R1 227 600 if you are single or R2 455 200 if you are married.

How to apply for the grant

You should take your parents to the nearest Sassa office. Make sure that they have everything they need to apply for the grant immediately. The documents that you need will include:

  • You must have your barcoded ID document with you
  • Proof of your marital status
  • Proof of residence
  • Proof of your income or dividends
  • Proof of all your assets, including the property that you own
  • Proof of private pension
  • Bank statements of the last three months

When your parent can’t collect the grant themselves

Your parents don’t need to collect the grant themselves. If they have a bank account, the payments can be done directly to the bank account.

However, if your parents are too sick to apply for the grant, you can do it on their behalf. However, then you will need a letter that permits you to apply on their behalf. And, you still need to show all the documents required. These documents should be in your parents’ names.

Old age pension | South African Government (www.gov.za)

You can assist your parents in getting some money each month if they are struggling financially. You can take them to apply for the Sassa old age grant. But, you need to know everything there is to know about qualifying and applying for the grant before you can take them. We are giving you all the information you need to assist your parents. You can even do it on their behalf if they can’t get to the Sassa offices themselves.