Grand Jury Report Finds Flaws with In-Home Senior Care Program

California’s In Home Supportive Services Program (IHSS) is, in theory, a good idea but a San Diego County Grand Jury Report finds it inefficient and flawed.
The IHSS Program is a state program that helps pay for services such as meal preparation, laundry, grocery shopping, bathing, grooming, and accompaniment to medical appointments for disabled and blind seniors who are unable to care for themselves.
As it stands, the program opens the door for abuse and fraud. Officials are prohibited from making unannounced home visits to check on a participant’s need for service or to verify that hours on a caregiver’s time card were in fact worked.
Also, convicted felons are allowed to serve as caregivers and the grand jury report notes, that only 20 percent of those receiving IHSS benefits are actually considered disabled to point that cannot care for themselves.

The total cost of the program in California last year was $5.5 billion. San Diego County spent $53 million toward IHSS, while another; $247 came from state and federal resources. Reform efforts have not been successful, and frustrations continue to grow.