Saturday, November 18, 2017

What is IHSS?

The In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Program helps elderly, blind and disabled people to safely remain in their own homes when they are not able to fully care for themselves or handle routine household tasks. IHSS encourages independence and self-reliance where possible. IHSS is an alternative to out-of-home care in institutions.

IHSS Services

  • Domestic and related (includes: meal preparation, meal clean-up, laundry, grocery shopping, and errands)
  • Personal care (includes: ambulation, transfers, respiration, bathing/hygiene, rubbing skin/repositioning, and paramedical services)
  • Accompaniment to medical appointments
  • Protective supervision for recipients with a cognitive impairment

IHSS Recipient Responsibilities

IHSS recipients are responsible to hire, supervise, and terminate providers.  Providers can be a family member, spouse, friend, or a neighbor.

  • Direct and train provider to accomplish authorized services
  • Sign providers’ timecards twice per month
  • Sign-up Your Provider:
    • Forms are available at
      • IHSS Recipient/Employer Responsibility Checklist (SOC332.pdf)
      • Recipient Designation of Provider form (SOC 426A.pdf)
      • Designacion de un Proveedor (SOC 426A (SP).pdf) 
      • FAQ about the IHSS Program Provider Enrollment form SOC 426A (SOC426B.pdf)