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In-Home Support Services

What is In-Home Supportive Services?

The In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Program provides financial assistance to low-income aged, blind, and disabled individuals who are unable to remain safely in their homes without help from caregivers. The program’s purpose is to prevent nursing home placement. In-Home Supportive Services achieves this objective by paying or subsidizing the salaries of caregivers that the IHSS recipients choose.

What Services are Available Through the IHSS Program?

  • Assistance with walking or ambulating outside of the home
  • Assistance with transferring in or out of bed or vehicles
  • Administration of medicines, shots, or range of motion exercises approved by your physician
  • Assistance with bathing and dressing
  • Assistance with feeding
  • Accompaniment to and from medical appointments
  • Protective Supervision
  • Preparing meals and clean up
  • Shopping and errands
  • Laundry
  • Light housekeeping

How Do You Qualify for IHSS?

Eligible applicants for IHSS must be disabled, blind, or age 65 and older. Your savings and investments cannot exceed $2,000 for a single person or $3,000 for a couple (the home and its equity are exempt from this rule). Other assets not counted toward your eligibility include:

  • One automobile
  • Income property
  • A business and its assets (e.g. trucks, computers, office)
  • Term life insurance policy
  • How Does Being on IHSS Affect Your Kaiser Permanente membership?
  • Receiving IHSS has no affect on your Kaiser Permanente membership. You can receive IHSS and still be a Kaiser Permanente member.


Where To Apply for IHSS

To apply for IHSS, in Alameda County call 510-577-1800 and for Contra Costa County call 925-335-8720 for a mail-in application. For other counties look for the closest county welfare department office listed under the County Government Section in the telephone book.

Alameda County IHSS website