You must have an evaluation of your needs to see if PCA services are right for you. An assessor visits your home and reviews your daily needs and health.
Depending on what health care program you are with, different people do the assessment. Your assessment should happen within 30 days of contacting one of the following:
If you are under 18 years old or need help directing your own care, you need a responsible party. A responsible party has to attend your assessments. If the assessor thinks you need a responsible party, you need to reschedule your assessment for a time your responsible party can attend.
An assessor visits your home and reviews your daily needs and health. During the evaluation, the assessor completes the PCA Assessment and Service Plan DHS-3244 (PDF). The assessment takes about one hour. The assessment includes questions:
If PCA services are right for you, the assessor will ask if you are interested in:
The assessor will also let you know about a variety of other programs and services that may help you. You are responsible for following up on the assessor’s suggestions.
A new evaluation is needed yearly, or when your health changes. Contact your assessor or your qualified professional if you have a significant change in your health.