In-Home Supportive Services


The IHSS Program will help pay for services provided to you so that you can remain safely in your own home. To be eligible, you must be over 65 years of age, or disabled, or blind.  Disabled children are also potentially eligible for IHSS.  IHSS is considered an alternative to out-of-home care, such as nursing homes or board and care facilities.

The types of services which can be authorized through IHSS are housecleaning, meal preparation, laundry, grocery shopping, personal care services (such as bowel and bladder care, bathing, grooming and paramedical services), accompaniment to medical appointments, and protective supervision for the mentally impaired. 

To Qualify


 Eligibility Criteria for all IHSS Applicants and Recipients: 

·   You must physically reside in the United States. 

·   You must also be a California resident.

·   You must have a Medi-Cal eligibility determination.

·   You must live at home or an abode of your own choosing (acute care hospital, long-term care facilities, and

    licensed community care facilities are not considered "own home.")

·   You must submit a completed Health Care Certification form.


Anyone who recognizes that a person is in need of in-home assistance may make a referral to IHSS. Once the requirements for the Health Care Certification and Medi-Cal eligibility are met a social worker is assigned to the case to conduct an assessment of need. The determination will take into consideration the applicant's medical condition, living arrangement, persons living in the home and resources that may already be available.

Once the needs assessment is authorized, IHSS can assist a recipient with locating a caregiver. A friend or relative may serve as a caregiver, or a referral may be made through the IHSS Registry. Once a caregiver is selected, the client acts as the employer and is responsible for supervision and signing time sheets.


Working together, IHSS and the caregiver ensure that each recipient is able to remain in their home – safely, comfortably and with as much independence as possible.



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Contact Information

PO BOX 269131
(916) 874-9471