My dad applied, and was approved, for A&A payments because my mom needed to be placed in an assisted living facility. He has been receiving the payments since approximately 2012. My dad recently passed on November 11, 2016. Do we now need to reapply for my mom as a surviving spouse or will they simply transfer the current payment my dad was receiving to her? She is in the assisted living facility, and we will not be able to afford her care there without it or while we wait for a new surviving spouse claim to be approved. It seems crazy have to start all over.