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 their homes. IHS is committed to serving the individual in the least intrusive manner as […]

  • 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 team is able to provide the varying expertise that each member of the team has […]

What Do You Do With Your Dreams?

Hot Air Balloon“What if….?” Those are two very powerful words. I enjoy talking with people about their dreams, and I will often ask someone what they would be doing if time and money were not obstacles. I’ve seen people get a faraway look in their eyes and say something that may seem very unrealistic to them but is something they would secretly like very much to do if only they believed it was possible. That is one way to describe a dream.

Another interesting aspect of dreams is the ability to start in the real world of here and now and move into the realm of possibility. The famous playwright whose work, Pygmalion, was the basis for the movie, “My Fair Lady,” said, “You see things; and you say Why? But I dream things that never were; and I say Why not” – George Bernard Shaw.

The story of Eliza Doolittle not only demonstrates what can happen in the life of an individual when dreams are given substance and put into action, but it demonstrates the widespread effect of a dream on the rest of those involved, as in the case of Professor Henry Higgins.

Thinking Boy“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it” This is a good starting point for transforming dreams into reality.

The starting point to turning dreams into reality is to set a goal. Simply put, a goal is what you want to achieve. Most sports have goals. Moving something a particular distance to a particular point is achieving a goal and getting rewarded. The best goals are specific, attainable and measurable.

When you think of your dream becoming a reality, what is the first thing you think of to do in order to start getting you there? That is a goal–the first of many you will achieve to make your dream come into reality.

“Goals are a means to an end, not the ultimate purpose of our lives. They are simply a tool to concentrate our focus and move us in a direction. The only reason we really pursue goals is to cause ourselves to expand and grow. Achieving goals by themselves will never make us happy in the long term; it’s who you become, as you overcome the obstacles necessary to achieve your goals, that can give you the deepest and most long-lasting sense of fulfillment” – Tony Robbins.

Goal“A goal is a dream with a deadline” – Napoleon Hill. There are three things absolutely essential to being successful at turning dreams into reality. (1) Set a goal. (2) Write it down. (3) Do it. What is the most basic thing you can think of to do as your first step in making your dream come true? Most people don’t do the next step–Write it down!! A vast amount of research shows that when we write a goal down, our mind sets about to accomplish it. That may sound too simple to be true, but it is so powerful.

I challenge you to write down one simple goal you know you can achieve to begin turning your dream into a reality. You don’t have to tell anyone. You don’t have to show it to anyone–ever. Just look at it yourself from time to time as you do the thing you have written down. I’ll have more to say about this in future articles. This is so important. I cannot over-emphasize it.

Knight“Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal” – Vince Lombardi. You’ll get to the hard work as your dream takes shape. For now, just focus on the easy, clear formation and writing down of one goal. Enjoy your success. Enjoy mastering your dreams.

“What if….?” “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible” – Tony Robbins.

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

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What Is Your Mission?

SuccessIn the song “The Impossible Dream” from Cervantes’ The Man of La Mancha, Don Quixote describes his quest, the mission that not only defines his life’s purpose but aims beyond his achievements, reaching towards something that is worthy of his best efforts and is still unattainable. That is one way to describe a mission. It may seem like a contradiction in terms to describe our mission as something too big to attain, but that is precisely the point.

How often does the athlete, the straight A student, the prodigy live the balance of their lives with their best days behind them? Clearly their vision was not big enough to be a mission. Finding our mission requires digging deep into who we are. This is a time when recognizing and identifying our core values is critically important. Pursuing our mission requires dedication, determination and perseverance in the face of all types of struggle and adversity.

Don Quixote had many people, from family to outside observers, who were critical of his mission. Even the woman who was radically transformed as a result of his mission was initially critical of him. His mission had to be big enough to carry him through the adversity and to leave him as passionate and determined at the end as he was at the beginning, even though he would never see the fulfillment of the mission in his lifetime.

Happy Kid“When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it” -W. Clement Stone. It takes time to find your mission, and it is certainly possible to make some false starts. Ask a young child what they want to be when they grow up, and you will likely, but not always, find something different than the path they travel as adults. It takes good information and a good self-understanding to find a mission that will last a lifetime–and beyond.

“Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you are alive, it isn’t” – Richard Bach. Our mission is not something we discover in a vacuum. “We are not in a position in which we have nothing to work with. We already have capacities, talents, direction, missions, callings” – Abraham Maslow. It is interesting how many times our hobbies and interests form the basis for our mission. When we look at the things we can become totally absorbed in pursuing, this gives some indication of what our mission is.

Sailing Ship“The young sailor at sea was ordered to climb a mast to adjust a sail during a violent storm. He got halfway up, looked down, got dizzy and sick. An old sailor on deck shouted up to him Look up, son, look up. Young sailor looked up, regained his composure, and completed his mission. Moral: Look ahead, not back” Wherever you are right now in your life, discovering your mission starts with a realistic look at who you are at this moment, who you want to become, and if you have the skills, the abilities and the desire to get there–no matter what.

Your mission does not have to be big by anyone’s standards but yours, but it must be big enough to claim everything you are and carry you forward beyond yourself. That is worthy of being a mission.

I invite you to start finding that within yourself. What is my mission? What is my life’s calling? What would I like to be remembered for? What is worth my best effort for the rest of my life, even if no one but me sees the value?

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

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What Are Your Values?

How would you go about identifying your values? First, we need to look at what values are. Values are the things that are essential to you being who you are. Although we do not have one hundred percent agreement on where values come from and how they are formed in each of us, we do know that our lives are more satisfying when our actions are consistent with and a reflection of our values.

littlegirlinfieldAs infants and very young children, we receive our values directly from our environment–the people, culture and other influences that impact our lives on a daily basis. This is the time in our lives when we often don’t recognize the separateness of us and others. We start to experience pleasure and pain and form patterns of behavior in response to whether we receive mostly pleasure or mostly pain.

Once we reach the age where we recognize there is a difference between us and the world around us, we begin adopting values by imitating the behavior of the people in our lives. We quickly learn what things we do result in pleasure. We repeat these. We learn to avoid the things that bring us pain. Sometime during this period in my life I spoke up in a class and received recognition and affirmation. I liked this, and I began speaking up in class and other group settings. Interaction with others began to be remembered as a pleasurable experience and became one of the values in my life.

As we get older and ideas and philosophies become more and more a part of our lives, we begin choosing values consistent with our beliefs. These carry over into our relationships as the social aspect of our life plays a more important part in determining who we are. As an example from my life, it was at this stage of my life that my faith became the core value of my life. It began to influence more and more of the decisions that impacted my life. It came to be the defining aspect of my life.

Another way of determining your values is to answer questions centering around happiness. What things make you happy? Who are the phappychildeople in your life that you would identify as happy? Why do you view these people as happy? A lot of happiness has to do with how we live in relation to our values.

Sometimes things cause us to question our values or to act in opposition to them. Things such as health crises, death of a loved one, drastic change in our financial security can prompt us to act outside of our values. Anger is one of the emotions that can drive us to act in opposition to our values. Greed, jealousy, envy and other emotions can have the same effect.

How healthy is your life in terms of being in line with your values? A simple examination of that question and the way you answer it can go a long way toward bringing you happiness, contentment and a sense of fulfillment. So, what are your values? How consistently are you living your life in harmony with your values?

What is one simple thing you could do today to start living more in line with one or more of your values?

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

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