In-Home Supportive Services

Thousands of backlogged cases in Bay Area home care programs

By | Health Care, IN THE NEWS, In-Home Supportive Services

Fox KTVU: Thousands of backlogged cases in Bay Area home care programs (10/11/2017) The Bay Area has thousands of backlogged In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) cases preventing seniors in need of additional in home support. IHSS allows qualified elderly and disabled individuals to hire services in order to remain safely at home. For those in need of additional hours, a social worker must physically visit and assess the claimant’s situation. According to Justice in Aging’s Claire Ramsey, “Every day and month that goes by, that person is living unsafely in their home. People do hurt themselves or fall because they’re not getting help they need…it’s a dangerous situation.”

Fact Sheets: IHSS Services and Eligibility & Application Process

By | FACT SHEET, In-Home Supportive Services, REPORTS
The IHSS program serves more than 500,000 Californians and ensures they receive the care and support they need to live in the community. The program is structured to provide a high level of flexibility and autonomy to the recipients. This consumer-driven approach has a lot of positives, but has introduced complexity into the program.

Two new fact sheets explain two facets of the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program—Eligibility and the Application Process, and IHSS Services: Basics. These fact sheets provide a simplified starting place to understand how the eligibility and application process work, what services are available, and how the county determines eligibility for specific services.
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California Lawsuit Aims To Protect Spouses Of Disabled From Financial Ruin

By | CA Health Network Alert, IN THE NEWS, In-Home Supportive Services, Long Term Care, Medicaid, Nursing Homes

California Healthline: California Lawsuit Aims To Protect Spouses Of Disabled From Financial Ruin (7/10/2017) Justice in Aging, along with partner advocacy groups, filed a lawsuit against the State of California for failing to implement a Medicaid federal spousal impoverishment law meant to protect patients and their partners from becoming impoverished while paying for in-home care. Plaintiffs seek to compel the State of California to implement the law back to January 1, 2014, to notify individuals who potentially were eligible for the protections of their rights, and to reimburse them for any out-of-pocket expenses they paid that should have been free.

New Regulations Create Opportunity for Better Long Term Services and Supports: Medicaid Managed Care Regulation Preview

By | BLOG, Health Care, Home & Community Based Services, HOMEPAGE, In-Home Supportive Services, Person-Centered Care Planning
States and the federal government spend over $14 billion a year on Medicaid managed long-term services and supports—yet, there has never been an clear federal regulation defining state and managed care plan responsibilities in this massive enterprise. Until now. Last week, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final regulation on Medicaid Managed Care. This new regulation details, among other things, the federal government’s expectations for states and managed care organizations (MCOs) that contract to deliver managed long-term services and supports (LTSS) for older adults and people with disabilities. Read More

Hanging in the Balance: a day in the life of a low-income senior and her family caregiver

By | Alzheimer's & Dementia, BLOG, Health Care, HOMEPAGE, In-Home Supportive Services, Medicaid, Medicare, SENIOR POVERTY
In honor of November as National Caregivers Month, I want to tell you about Margaret and Sadie. I went to Old Bridge Township, New Jersey last month to meet with them and hear stories of what it’s like to be a daughter caring for your low-income mother as she ages in her home and what it’s like to be that mother and grandmother and great-grandmother aging in dignity. You can watch the full video about Margaret and Sadie here. Read More

IHSS and Language Access: A Resource Manual for Advocates

By | In-Home Supportive Services, Language Access, REPORTS

NSCLC’s resource manual for advocates provides background information and practical advice for advocates whose clients receive In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) and are limited English proficient. Resources include NSCLC’s recent report on language access and IHSS, relevant state rules regarding translation and interpretation, a guide to filing access complaints, copies of and links to multi-lingual resources, and other useful information.

Read the IHSS and Language Access Resource Manual (updated March 2011)

Improving Language Access to Keep California’s Older Adults at Home

By | In-Home Supportive Services, Language Access, REPORTS

An Examination of the In-Home Supportive Services Program

This NSCLC report contains findings and recommendations to improve the experiences of limited English proficient consumers of California’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) personal care program.

Read Improving Language Access to Keep California’s Older Adults at Home: An Examination of the IHSS Program 

Read Improving Language Access to Keep California’s Older Adults at Home (Large Type)

Read Letter to the CA Department of Social Services with recommendations endorsed by more than 25 other California organizations that serve or advocate for IHSS beneficiaries.