In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)


IHSS can provide homemaker and personal care assistance to eligible individuals who are receiving Supplemental Security Income or who have a low income and need help in the home to remain independent.

For more information send an email or phone 800-510-2020 (within San Diego County) or 800-339-4661 (outside the County).

Services offered by In-Home Supportive Services:


 About IHSS

Having help with tasks around the house not only makes the lives of seniors and the disabled easier, in some cases it allows the person to remain in his or her home. In-Home Supportive Services includes domestic and related services, and help with personal care such as:

  • Bathing and grooming
  • Dressing
  • Housecleaning
  • Shopping
  • Laundry
  • Meal preparation and clean up

Who provides IHSS Services?

  • In-Home Supportive Services are provided by independent providers/caregivers.
  • The IHSS recipient is considered the employer of his/her caregiver and is responsible for hiring, supervising and, if necessary, dismissing the provider.

Caregivers must attend an enrollment session, provide proof of employment and complete a Department of Justice (DOJ) background clearance.


There are several factors which go into determining eligibility for In-Home Supportive Services. The following information will help you determine if you or someone you know might qualify.

To be eligible for IHSS, an individual must:

  • Fall within the financial eligibility guidelines
  • Be blind, disabled, or age 65-plus
  • Meet eligibility requirements for federally funded Medi-Cal
  • AND be unable to live at home safely without help

Financial Criteria:

  • Persons receiving SSI/SSP
  • Persons not receiving SSI/SSP may be eligible, but might be required to pay part of the costs

How to Apply:

  • Your application will be taken over the phone. If there is a possibility that you might be eligible, your application will be assigned to a social worker.
  • The social worker will make an appointment to meet with you at your home. He or she will talk with you about your medical condition, living arrangements and any help you might be getting from your family, friends or others.
  • The social worker will also talk with you more about IHSS and the particular services you need. You will discuss how often you need those services. Your doctor may be consulted to verify your medical condition.
  • A specialist in eligibility will determine what costs, if any, you may be required to pay for the services you receive.


For more information send an email or call 800-339-4661