The short answer to this question is yes. Part of the eligibility process is a face-to-face interview. Anyone applying has the right to designate an authorized representative. This person will then have the authority to represent the individual applying throughout the entire process.
In order to represent an elderly parent or relative, you will need to have your parent or relative designate you as their representative in writing. That letter would have to be submitted to the SNAP office when the application is submitted. Depending on the state you live in, this can be mailed, dropped off, or submitted electronically. Check the state’s Medicaid website for your specific options.
Once it is received and approved by the SNAP office, you will have the power to finish the application process. This is an option regardless of where you live and where your elderly relative lives. For example, if you reside in Ohio, and your mother lives in Tennessee, she can still designate you as her representative. However, if a face-to-face interview is required, you’ll have to be present for that.