For you, taking care of your disabled child is a full-time job. Receiving help from friends and family members can only go so far, and relying on them all hours, day and night, makes you feel guilty or that you are taking them for granted.
There is no doubt you love your child, but you need continued help for the foreseeable future. Who else can you reach out to for support?
Your child may qualify for California’s In-home Support Services (IHSS) Program. The program helps to pay for services so your child can remain in your home. Eligibility requirements include:
If your child receives Supplemental Security Income, he or she is automatically eligible. If IHSS pays you to be a provider and your child receives SSI, the payments will not affect it.
Your child may also be suitable for IHSS if you:
IHSS provides several services like:
If you have a spouse, one of you may provide in-home support services and get paid for this if the other spouse works out of the home or is in school. This also pertains to a spouse who is physically or mentally unable to offer services.