In California, it barely pays to take care of elders in need at home

June 16, 2022

As of last December, more than 666,000 Californians were authorized recipients of In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) care (a form of self-direction), according to the state Department of Social Services. In the coming decades, researchers say, that figure will skyrocket as the graying of California progresses. But the state is already lagging in its ability to provide IHSS services, which it created nearly half a century ago. In 2020, the state auditor found that more than 32 million hours of assessed IHSS need were going unmet across California, a gap almost certain to widen. Read the full article here