In-Home Supportive Services
Are you finding it difficult to take care of yourself and your home these days? Are you thinking you might need to move into a nursing home soon? If you qualify for Medi-Cal, you might want to contact the In-Home Supportive Services program before taking that step. The In-Home Supportive Services program, also known as IHSS, pays for services that enable the aged, blind, and disabled to continue living safely in their own home or apartment, avoiding or delaying the need for nursing home care.
When you apply for assistance from IHSS, a social worker will visit your home to talk with you about the type of tasks that you need help with. IHSS then authorizes services according to your ability to perform certain daily activities. Services may include:
- Household chores, such as cooking, cleaning, and laundry
- Shopping and running errands
- Personal care services, like dressing, bathing, and feeding
- Medical accompaniment when deemed necessary
- Supervision of non-self directing individuals
Once approved for IHSS services, you are responsible for choosing and hiring someone to provide your care. Wages are paid by the IHSS program directly to the person you have chosen. If you need help finding someone to provide your care, see the "IHSS Public Authority" tab.
To find out more about eligibility and program details, please see the "Contact and Location" and "Resources" tabs.