How does the In-Home Supportive Services program work?


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Anyone who is blind, disabled or over 65 years old can apply for in-home supportive services in California. Those who meet certain criteria, complete an application and pass the interview receive various types of services based on their needs.

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Those who qualify receive the services they need in order to remain safely in their own homes. Services such as grocery shopping, meal preparation, laundry and housecleaning can be authorized through IHSS. Likewise, disabled children might be eligible for IHSS. Applicants must submit a completed application and establish that they physically reside in the United States.

A county social worker conducts an interview with applicants at their homes to determine their eligibility for in-home supportive services. Based on observation and information collected from the applicants, their family members, friends and doctors, social workers decide what type of services the applicants need and authorize a certain number of hours for each service.

The county must receive a completed application before authorizing services. After reviewing the information, the county informs the applicants whether or not the application has been approved. Those who have been denied are notified of the reason for the denial.

Those who are approved for IHSS must hire somebody to provide the authorized services. As the employer of the service providers, they have the obligation to hire, train, monitor and fire this individual. They can also contact the social worker assigned to their case to learn the IHSS hourly rate in their county.

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