Quality Supports People Need

  • What We Do

    IHS Services, Inc. is an Ohio-based company that provides support services to people of all ages in our community. We provide: I/O Waiver Services, Level 1 Waiver Services, Supported Living Services, Passport Services, and Private Pay Services.

  • Our Mission Statement

    IHS Services, Inc. is dedicated to facilitating a high quality of support services to enable individuals to make life choices through living, working, and community options.

  • Philosophy

    The philosophy of IHS Services, Inc. holds to the basic tenet that every human being has the right and freedom to live as independently as their capabilities allow. With this thought in mind, individuals require many kinds of assistance in … Continue reading

  • Management Philosophy

    IHS Services, Inc. finds that the Chain of Support is the most effective method of management for our agency. This emphasizes the team approach, which is at the heart of everything IHS does. Within this chain of support the IHS … Continue reading

As We Move Forward: Character

It has been said that a way to understand our character is to think about what we would do if we knew no one would ever find out. A person of good character would be someone who does the right thing simply because it is the right thing, and for any personal motive.

Alone How we resolve the things that confront us in our lives is directly related on our response in these situations. Since our responses are determined by our character, it really matters what our character is. It has been observed that certain character traits seem to be identified with positive outcomes while others seem to be present when the outcome is negative. While there is not a hard and fast connection between character traits and outcomes, the tendencies are real. It cannot be said good people are always more successful than bad people, although the trends do exist.

There are various lists of what constitutes good character. The common ingredient in these lists seems to be putting the needs of others ahead of our own. It can be said that a person of good character is selfless while someone of poor character could be call selfish or at least self-centered.

Character develops. A tiny baby is totally self-centered, concerned only with getting its own needs met. While that is perfectly normal and acceptable in a baby, a self-centered adult is very difficult to be around. Sharing is a difficult thing for most children to learn. Sharing is crucial to establishing and maintaining meaningful relationships. The same can be said of character traits like honesty and integrity, dependability.

It is open to discussion whether and to what extent we can determine and develop character traits in ourselves and others. Parents and teachers have done many things in the of instilling character in young people. The whole self-improvement culture has been centered around identifying and developing positive character traits and eliminating negative ones from our lives.

How would you describe your character? What are your positive character traits? Do you have negative character traits? How would other people describe your character? What things do you do when you know no one is watching? Do you do the right thing just because it is the right thing?

CharacterMany people believe character can be developed and that we can train ourselves to be stronger in demonstrating certain behavior characteristics. Benjamin Franklin had a  program in which he identified character traits that he wanted to improve in his own life and a plan for focusing on each of these for a week at a time.

As we move forward, it is important to come to terms with our own character. It might be helpful to think of people we know who are examples either of character we admire or want to avoid. It might be valuable to look at our own character in terms of how others respond to us. You may even have a few trusted people with whom you can discuss your character. Either way, self-understanding is an important starting point.

A goal might be to identify one character trait you would like to develop or build. A second step might be to identify a character trait that seems to be holding you back in some way. See if there is a way you can minimize or even eliminate this. Have fun with becoming more the person you know you are meant to be.

David C. Bloom,
CEO of IHS Services, Inc.

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As We Move Forward: Belonging

BelongingIt is essential to every person to have a sense of belonging. The model of the family forms the ideal environment for a person to find love, protection, nurture, education and so much more. For the rest of our lives, we seek ways to belong. The things we do to belong say a lot about who we are and what is really important to us.

Where do you find your sense of belonging? Many people in our complex culture find it increasingly difficult to have the experience of belonging anywhere. A big part of belonging includes shared values.

A big part of belonging is being able to trust others in a relationship where we belong to accept us for who we are. I have maintained for many years that it is more important for someone to respect me than to like me. That is primarily because liking some is basically a feeling based response over which we have little if any control. Respect is something which can be freely offered to another person. I have said many times that when there is no longer mutual respect between me and someone with whom I have a relationship, there needs to be serious discussion about the nature of the relationship.

FriendsHaving a relationship with a sense of belonging includes respect but goes beyond that. The essence of a relationship that brings with it the sense of belonging keeps coming back to essentials like core values and beliefs. I feel safe around people with whom I share core values, like honesty and integrity. I can disagree with people in this type of relationship as long as our mutually held values and beliefs are not violated.

This actually sounds more complicated than it really is. Do you have, or have you ever had, a best friend? What makes this relationship so special? Perhaps you have known this person for a major portion of your life. Many people share that they have others they see more often and interact with more frequently than their best friends. It follows from this that is the quality of the relationship more than the quantity of time spent together that makes this special friendship a place where we feel that sense of belonging.

We experience degrees of bonding in various relationships. Fans of athletic teams can experience a sense of belonging as they cheer for victory or agonize over defeat. The bond may or may not go deeper than the excitement of rooting for the same outcome. Hopefully the place you work gives you a sense of belonging. Much of that will depend on how much the values and culture are shared with you and how closely these mirror your own.

CrowdThe same can be said of a country. Our sense of belonging to our country is directly related to  how we believe these values to be a reflection of our own. When that does not occur or is disrupted, we may experience a sense of isolation and frustration. In a country as diverse as ours, it can sometimes be difficult to experience a sense of belonging. This is even more difficult in a time like this when modern communication sources give us so much information it can at times come across as information overload.

As we move forward, let us remember that our sense of belonging does not require us to agree on everything. We need to be constantly aware of our core values and beliefs so we can gauge all our relationships in terms of how closely they line up with those from whom we seek a sense of belonging. My hope is that each of us will find at least one place, and hopefully, several, where we can not only feel a sense of belonging, but offer that to others in our lives.

David C. Bloom,
CEO of IHS Services, Inc.

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As We Move Forward: Achieving Balance

Balance

One of the most important things we seek in our lives is a balance. There seems to be some confusion about just what that means. An industrial balance is a device with a tray on either side of a pivot point. Whatever substance you want to know the weight for is placed in one of the trays. Weights placed on the other plate. These weights are labeled. They get added until both sides get suspended at the same level on either side of the pivot point. The equality is the balance.

Balance in our lives is about establishing equilibrium between opposing forces in our lives. These can include things like family, work, leisure activities. The common element is that these forces are all part of our relationships. Each of these attempts to achieve balance affects not just our lives but the lives of others. Among the outside forces affecting balance in our lives are things like health, money, loss and many other factors over which we have little or no  control.

Pressure

Pressure

Each of us has a different tolerance for the forces that we can work with and still maintain a balance in our lives. Some people seem to thrive on change. Others become very uncomfortable if anything in their lives is out of line. Extremes in behavior can indicate that a person’s life may be out of balance. If you or someone you know is almost always happy and contented and suddenly become angry or depressed much of the time, this might indicate something may be causing a change in balance. Like the ripples that occur when a rock gets dropped in water, this condition of being out of balance might not be observable in your life, but in the effects, you seem to be having on others.

How do you think the balance in your life is right now? How do you feel about yourself and your actions? If you sense a lack of balance in an area of your life, can you think of when you became aware of it? What was going on in your life and your relationships when you sensed that something was not balanced? How much control do you have over these things?

Do you think there is a change in the way people in your life are responding to you? What do you think those changes mean? Being out of balance can be a positive thing. Changing things in our lives like a job, a positive relationship change like marriage or moving to a new place can all be examples of being off balance during a time of adjustment to something new and exciting.

Sometimes it helps to talk with people we respect and trust about issues of balance in our lives. While each of us must determine how much our lives are balanced, because we live in relationships with others, the input of a few trusted friends and relatives can be helpful.

BalanceMost of us would agree we seem to live in a world so complicated that achieving balance in our lives sometimes appears to be overwhelming. As we move forward, our ability to recognize the factors that affect the balance in our lives and the lives of those around us becomes a vital skill to live our lives to their full capacity for fulfillment, satisfaction, and happiness. The best to each of you as you seek to have and maintain a balanced life.

David C. Bloom,
CEO of IHS Services, Inc.

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