How California Can Improve Oversight of Home Caregivers

Jorge Chuc needs his wife to help him get ready in the morning (Photo by Heidi de Marco/KHN).

Jorge Chuc needs his wife to help him get ready in the morning (Photo by Heidi de Marco/KHN).


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In California, hundreds of thousands of low-income elderly and disabled people receive daily care in their homes from relatives and others paid by the state. Yet, no overall training is required for the more than 400,000 caregivers, who are paid about $10 an hour through the $7.3 billion In-Home Supportive Services Program. And the program provides little oversight.

On KPCC’s Take Two, Kaiser Health News Reporter Anna Gorman said that while the IHSS program does work for many Californians, the state needs to pay more attention to those in the program who are vulnerable.

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