Independence Services

In-Home Supportive Services

The In-Home Support Services (IHSS) program provides homemaking and personal care assistance to low-income seniors who need help in the home to remain independent.  The individual must be at risk of out-of-home placement and be Medi-Cal eligible.

Please call 623-0600 for further information.

Senior Counseling

Professional counseling services are available by licensed mental health professionals who specialize in older adult issues.  Older adult issues may include: dealing with loss, grief, depression, anxiety, caregiver stress, and more.  These services are free and available to those 50 years and older who reside in Tulare County.

For further information, please call 733-6880.

The Friendship Line

The California Institute on Aging's Friendship Line, a suicide prevention and mental health hotline specifically for seniors, provides ongoing support for elders facing anxiety, depression or other issues. If you or someone you know is feeling lonely, isolated, depressed, or considering suicide, please call the Friendship Line. A live person will answer 24-hours a day, offering connection and support. 

Toll-free: 1-800-971-0016

Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP)

MSSP assists frail seniors  who otherwise would have difficulty living independently to remain in their own homes.  By enabling frail seniors to live comfortably and safely in their own homes, MSSP not only enhances the quality of their lives but also reduces potential costs for care by decreasing the need for institutionalization.  The program arranges for a broad array of community services to help clients perform daily tasks they would have trouble doing alone.

Once an individual qualifies for MSSP, there is no charge for the assistance he or she receives through the program. To qualify for MSSP, individuals must be eligible for or currently receiving Medi-Cal benefits. No individual donations will be requested to receive services through MSSP.  

For further information about this program, please call 559-623-0199