What Types of Services Does an IHSS Provider Perform?


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An in-home supportive services provider offers housecleaning, meal preparation, laundry, grocery shopping, personal care services, accompaniment to medical appointments and protective supervision for the mentally impaired, according to the California Department of Social Services. Authorized tasks and the time frame in which they are completed varies by individual recipient.

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The IHSS program makes it possible for participants to reside in their own homes rather than seek out-of-home care at a nursing home or other care facility. Providers must attend orientations, complete enrollment documentation and submit to fingerprinting prior to employment. Participants must be over 65 years old, disabled or blind. Children with disabilities may also be considered for the IHSS program. Further criteria for program participation includes being a resident of California, having a Med-Cal eligibility determination, living at home and submitting a completed health-care certification form.

Service recipients may personally hire an IHSS provider or may seek out a contractor in counties where available. A written agreement may be signed outlining the expectations of the service recipient and IHSS provider. The CDSS provides a list of possible tasks to be completed by the provider and an example of a written agreement outlining expectations to be signed by both parties.

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