In-Home Supportive Services

In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) is a program directed by the California Department of Social Services that provides aid to blind, aged, and disabled individuals who are unable to remain safely in their own home without the aid of a care provider.

In Humboldt County, the Department of Health and Human Services manages the IHSS program. Humboldt County IHSS is committed to helping elders, disabled adults and disabled children in Humboldt County live to their highest personal potential in the least restrictive environment.

Services provided by IHSS are based on need and can include:
  • Domestic services such as cleaning, meal preparation, and running errands
  • Personal care services such as grooming, bathing, and bowel and bladder care
  • Transportation to medical services
  • Protective supervision.

Designed as an alternative to costly out-of-home care such as nursing homes, the Humboldt County IHSS program has a team of Social Workers, Public Health Nurses, Mental Health Clinicians, Eligibility Workers, and Vocational Assistants who work together to determine the needs and eligibility of the applicant.