IHSS is a statewide program administered by each county under the direction of the California Department of Social Services. It provides those with limited income who are disabled, blind or over the age of 65 with in–home care services to help them remain safely at home.

In-Home Support Services Include:

  • House Bound Services: meal preparation, cleaning, laundry and light housekeeping
  • Personal Care Services: bathing, feeding, dressing, grooming and toileting
  • Paramedical Services: assistance with medications, injections, bowel and bladder care
  • Supervision: monitoring persons with dementia or disabilities to prevent injury
  • Transportation and accompaniment to medical appointments

Any California Resident Is Eligible For IHSS If They:

  • Are SSI/SSP or Medi–Cal eligible
  • Are blind, disabled or 65 years of age or older
  • Are unable to live safely at home without care

Financial Requirements for IHSS

Individuals who receive Medi-Cal with no share of cost (SOC) will also be entitled to IHSS with no SOC. Share of cost is based on countable income, including earned and unearned income. Earned income includes salaries and wages. Unearned income includes social security, disability payments, and other income one receives without doing any work. For those with a higher level of income, the SOC can vary. To calculate your share of cost under the IHSS program, please visit or

How does IHSS calculate how many hours I get?

The State has limited monthly services hours to 195 hours per month for non–severely impaired applicants and 283 hours per month for the severely impaired. The County Social Services Agency will perform a needs assessment at the time of application, every twelve months thereafter, and whenever the county has information that the recipient’s physical or mental condition or living condition has changed.

The assessment evaluates the activities of daily living:

  • Feeding
  • Dressing
  • Bathing
  • Medication management
  • Walking


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