It is possible for a married couple who are not physically living together to be considered
living together for SSI purposes due to temporary absence rules. For example, if one
member of an eligible couple is living in a title XIX facility, the individual may
still be considered living with the eligible spouse at home if the individual is temporarily
absent as defined in SI 00835.043.
Further, if both members of an eligible couple are in a title XIX facility, but both
are temporarily absent as defined in SI 00835.043, they will also be considered to be living together in a household (i.e., not separated).
Thus, they may be considered an eligible couple for SSI purposes (i.e., subject to
the eligibility test using the couple FBR and combined income and couple resource