IHSS Care Recipient Become an IHSS Care Recipient


Meet eligibility criteria

  • Live at home or in a shelter, but not in a board and care facility, nursing home, or hospital.
  • Receive Medi-Cal or be eligible for Medi-Cal.
  • Demonstrate a need for help with activities of daily living.

Apply in one of the following ways:

Once your application is reviewed, you must qualify for Medi-Cal. If you already receive SSI and/or Medi-Cal, skip to Step 4.


Qualify for Medi-Cal

  • Expect an eligibility worker to contact you to schedule an interview.
  • Plan for this interview to take up to 90 minutes and to show proof of income and resources (bank statements).

Get assessed by a social worker

  • Once your Medi-Cal is established, expect an IHSS social worker to contact you about scheduling a home visit for assessing your ability to perform activities of daily living. You may be asked to perform simple tasks, such as range-of-motion demonstrations.
  • You may also be asked for a list of your prescribed medications and doctors’ information. 

View the IHSS Services and Assessment video (English | Español | 中文) for more information.


Submit the Health Care Certification Form SOC 873

  • Ask a licensed medical professional to verify your need for IHSS by filling out Form SOC 873.
  • A completed SOC 873 must be on file in order for your services to begin. You can mail or fax your SOC 873 to IHSS or give a copy to the IHSS social worker during the initial home visit.
  • You will receive the assessment results from IHSS by mail.

If approved, IHSS will tell you the types of services, start date, and the number of IHSS hours per month that have been authorized for you. If denied services, you can appeal the decision at the state level.

More resources

Not eligible for IHSS? Find out about other options for in-home services by visiting: