What is this program about?
There are aged, blind or disabled persons who are limited in their ability to care for themselves and cannot live safely at home without help. This includes those who would be able, with help, to return to their home from a hospital, nursing home or a Board and Care Facility. This help may be provided to eligible persons through In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS). This section briefly describes who is eligible and how to apply.
What Services Are Available?
In-Home Supportive Services provides a wide range of assistance to meet your individual needs and assure that you can live safely at home. Services may include housekeeping, meal preparation, shopping, laundry and personal care.
Who Is Eligible?
1. Must be disabled OR age 65 or older OR blind.
2. Unable to live safely at home without help.
3. Must meet financial need.
What Is Financial Need?
If you receive SSI/SSP (Gold Checks) then you meet the program's financial need requirement. Others may also be eligible, but may need to pay a portion of the cost for services.
How Do I Apply?
To apply for In-Home Supportive Services call 558-2637, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. A social worker will come to your home to discuss what help you may need and determine what costs, if any, you may have to pay for the services. The social worker usually conducts a needs assessment on the initial home visit.
What is a Needs Assessment?
The social worker makes an assessment of what your needs are, based on your medical condition, your living arrangement and what assistance you may be receiving from your family, friends or other available community resources. The needs assessment will determine which services are needed and how often they are to be provided. Your doctor may be consulted to verify your medical condition.
Who Provides the Services?
You may hire a relative or a friend, or find someone new to you. Adult Services can also assist you in finding a provider through the Public Authority.