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 […]

As We Move Forward: What’s Your Point of View?

RelationshipsOne of the strongest influences regarding how we function in various situations is point of view. So many factors contribute to point of view it would be impossible to list them all. Our backgrounds and interests are big factors. The experiences we have had and the ways we have responded to them have a lot to do with our current responses. Our relationships, past as well as present, can have a profound impact on our point of view.

The matter is further complicated because things like our health, our satisfaction with our work environment, our concerns about issues that affect our culture, including politics, can all become factors in forming our point of view. I believe that most of have several blind spots when it comes to our own point of view. I can think of several areas where I believe my point of view is, if not the only one, certainly the one that makes the most sense! What’s more, I suspect that I am not alone in this.

ConflictWhat do you do when your point of view is at odds with that of someone else? We all know people who argue and insist that theirs is the only acceptable point of view. We all know how frustrating it can be to be on the receiving end of that kind of one sided conversation.

The most effective response to point of view is understanding. To the extent that we can put ourselves in the place of someone else, we can come to see situations from their point of view. The hard part of that is setting aside everything we think we know about something and truly see things through the eyes of someone else. When we are able to do this, several amazing things happen. Understanding a situation from another person’s point of view gives us a greater understanding of the situation at hand.

This time at the end of every year–what we call the holiday season–is an example of seeing things from differing points of view. There are so many points of view regarding the holiday season that it is actually amazing that there is as much agreement as there is. I doubt any of us can grasp all the various points of view held by people regarding this time of year. Religious, cultural, social traditions seem to grow more varied every year. How many different points of view are you aware of regarding the holidays?

ListeningHow many different points of view have you made an attempt to understand? How successful have you been so far? How much could you improve someone’s experience of the holidays by seeing things from their point of view?

How about trying a little experiment. From now to the end of the year, try to see as many things as you can from someone else’s point of view. This means you will have to ask questions to find out what their point of view is. It also means you will have to practice not expressing your own point of view until you understand theirs. This can be challenging, but it can also be extremely satisfying.

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

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As We Move Forward: Be Specific

Every year an event is held near my hometown that attracts the best people in a very narrow specialty. The National Rifle and Pistol Matches draws some of the best shooters from around the world and some of the finest guns ever made. When I was growing up, I met some of the shooters and, on a few occasions, some of the weapons. I have very little first hand with guns and shooting, but I have always been impressed with the level of commitment that motivates someone to acquire both the skill and the weapon to compete in an event like the National Rifle and Pistol Matches.

When I look at people who appear to have achieved success in anything, the common element I see is their ability to be specific about the goal they are after. It is far too easy, especially in a culture like ours that offers an infinite number of choices, to focus on a specific goal, aim for that goal and develop and carry out a plan for reaching it. There is actually a Fearterm for the difficulty of making a specific choice. FOMO–”Fear of Missing Out” means that making one specific choice rules out another choice. There are people who go from one thing to another believing that the newest thing on the horizon is better than the current one.

Being specific in setting goals doesn’t mean we can’t modify or even change direction. Many of you know I am more than twenty years into my second career. Another way of phrasing it, is that my career has taken two different paths–so far! Each has come from following a very specific dream. DirectionEach has utilized my primary gifts, and each has brought me satisfaction in achieving specific goals and objectives.

I often ask people, ”What would you do if time and money weren’t a factor?” I believe if we start at that point, we can come up with very specific dreams tht can be turned into reality. Another question I sometimes ask is,”What would you try if you knew you could not fail?” Ask yourself these questions, and you will be on the way to finding out what specific goals you have. You may find you are already working toward your goals. Fantastic! If so, keep up the good work and encourage others If not, get specific with yourself about what dreams you would like to turn into goals.

NotesWrite down the specifics you come up with. Tell someone you trust what specifics you come up with. Both of these will get you on the road to accomplishing your dreams. Remember, be as specific as you can. This life is a fascinating journey if you know where you are planning to go..

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

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As We Move Forward: Respect

 FriendsAs we strive to grow in establishing and maintaining healthy relationships, we look for those elements that appear to be a part of every good relationship and seem to be lacking in those that are not successful. One thing good relationships tend to be established on is respect.
Definition of respect: “Deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.”
Example of respect: “The director had a lot of respect for Douglas as an actor.”

A response to someone that is based on feelings is something we really cannot choose. We like or dislike someone based on a variety of subjective emotionally based responses. Respect for another person is something we can offer as a part of whatever relationship we have entered into. The respect can be based on a commitment to a shared set of values, an agreement to work toward a shared goal, or something else that is mutually valued and gives a common purpose to whatever prompted the people involved to enter the relationship in the first place.

DifferencesRespect can keep a relationship going in the midst of obstacles. We can have respect for someone we disagree with as long as the disagreement does not violate our core values. Respect can also allow people of widely different abilities and experience levels to work together. I am not a detail oriented person. I respect and admire the abilities of detail oriented people, even beyond my limited understanding of how that ability works. I enjoy working on projects with detail oriented people as long as my lack of detail orientation does not limit the value someone sees in my contribution to the project and to the relationship.

It is possible to be in a meaningful relationship with someone who holds different beliefs in certain areas as long as the person’s values, their core beliefs are not in direct conflict with your own. Offering respect in a situation like this gives both people the opportunity to learn and explore new and different ideas.

If a relationship reaches a point where one or both parties no longer respect one another, the relationship changes. If one person in a relationship believes the other has violated the basic terms of the relationship, causing a lack of respect, this puts the relationship in serious jeopardy. Communicating expectations and what each person understands those expectations to be is essential in maintaining respect and a healthy relationship.

FriendsThink about several of your important relationships. Do you respect the other person? Do you believe they respect you? Are you part of any relationships where you think there is a lack of respect? How does being in one of those relationships make you feel? Have you been part of any relationships where respect has been violated or withdrawn? What has that felt like?

Think about one or two of your “best” relationships. Are they based on respect? Are you part of any relationships that could be improved if respect was a bigger part of them? What is one simple thing you can do to show more respect in just one of your relationships? Have fun trying it out.

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

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