Thank you for this wonderful website and this forum. I am trying to assist my Mother in applying for the surviving spouse benefit.I have been studying this benefit and the application process for only a couple of days so I still have lots of questions. My first two questions are, given the length of time required to get the application approved what should I do if Mom's expenses drastically change (She moves to an AFL or NH)? Then, once approved do we reapply for a higher level of benefit whenever her situation changes? Thanks in advance for your reponses.