What can In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) pay for?

Parent Question
Feb. 2, 2022Updated Mar. 15, 2022

For children, authorized services may include personal care services, meal preparation, paramedical services (medical services that are prescribed and monitored by a medical provider), accompaniment to medical appointments, and protective supervision (24/7 supervision to prevent injury to themselves or others due to severe impairments in judgment, orientation and/or memory). Hours will only be awarded for services that exceed what a parent would usually be expected to provide to a typically developing child of the same age. IHSS typically authorizes services in the following categories:

  • Domestic services

  • Non-medical personal care services

  • Accompaniment to medical appointments

  • Protective supervision

  • Paramedical services

  • Yard hazard abatement

For more information about what to expect, see our article In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS): Learn the Essentials.

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