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Friday, June 22, 2007

Help for The Helpless

If you are already of advanced age, blind or otherwise disabled and you are not able to live safely in your own home without assistance, the state of California will provide you in home care, through California State Department of Social Services. The program is called In House Social Security or IHSS.

According to the program, an individual is eligible for in home care if he or she is: (1) living in his or her own home; (2) blind, disabled or at least 65 years old; (3) is unable to live in his or her home without care; and (4) meets certain financial need requirements.

IHSS is designed to help the helpless. Those who are wealthy enough to afford to pay for care on their own are not eligible for in home care from the state of California.

In order for those otherwise eligible for care to be granted IHSS benefits, they must show that they are also financially incapable of independent care. According to the program a person who receives SSI or SSP automatically meets IHSS’s financial requirements. If the person is otherwise eligible for SSI or SSP if not for their income, they still can be granted IHSS benefits but they may need to pay a share for the cost of in home care.

On the other hand, a person who has more than $2,000.00 worth in personal property or $3,000.00 in case of couples is not eligible for support. However, said person can still be made to qualify if he or she can bring down his or her assets to less than $2,000.00.

If you need any help in understanding IHSS laws and regulations, seek the aid of expert Social Security attorneys and they will help you get qualified for help that you deserve.