Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federally funded program administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). It is designed to provide income support to assist the elderly and disabled with basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter. In order to qualify, the applicant must meet the income and resource limits set by the SSA.

In Home Support Services, better known as IHSS, is a state program that enables children and adults with disabilities to live safely in their own home. Such a program has become critically important to individuals as large, publicly funded institutions for the disabled have closed down. The idea behind IHSS is that individuals can live a normal life and live where they choose if they can be assisted in personal care needs such as dressing, feeding, bathing, and toileting. IHSS pays a family member or a personal assistant, coming into the home, to meet these needs. Services also include paramedical needs, such as giving medications or providing physician ordered therapy and even taking the individual to medical appointments. To be eligible for IHSS, the individual must have SSI or meet the requirements for SSI.

For more information and how to apply, check out the following links.

CA Department of Social Services:

在家庭支援服務,更好地為IHSS的,是一個國家的方案,使殘疾兒童和成年人,安全地生活在自己家中。這種方案已經成為對個人極其重要,作為大,政府資助的機構為殘疾人紛紛倒閉。 IHSS的背後的想法是,個人可以過正常的生活和居住的地方,他們選擇,如果他們可以協助個人護理需要,如穿衣,餵食,洗澡,如廁。 IHSS的支付家庭成員或私人助理,進入家庭,以滿足這些需求。服務還包括輔助的需求,如給予藥物或提供醫生下令治療,甚至個別醫療預約。 IHSS的資格,個人必須有SSI或滿足SSI的要求。


加州社會服務部: SSI: http://www.dss.cahwnet.gov/cdssweb/PG151.htm
IHSS: http://www.dss.cahwnet.gov/cdssweb/PG139.htm


Social Security Administration website for SSI: http://www.ssa.gov/ssi/