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PCA role

  • How do I find a PCA?

    If you choose to receive services through a traditional personal care provider organization (PCPO), the provider will find PCA staff for you.

    Recipients using the PCA Choice option must find their own PCA. PCA Choice tools (PDF) are available to help you.

  • Who can be a PCA?

    PCAs must:

    • Be 18 or older (16 and 17-year-old PCAs must meet additional requirements)
    • Pass a background study
    • Complete training requirements
    • Be able to communicate with you and your provider
    • Be employed by a PCA provider
    • Be able to provide the services you need based on your care plan.

    PCAs cannot be:

    • Spouses
    • Parents or stepparents of minors
    • Paid legal guardians
    • Owners or controllers of your living arrangement (unless related by blood, marriage or adoption).
  • Can a relative be a PCA?

    Some relatives cannot be your PCA. They are:

    • Spouses
    • Parents or stepparents of minors
    • Paid legal guardians of adults
    • Legal guardians of minors.

    Note: The 2012 Legislature clarified that a paid legal guardian for an adult cannot be that recipient’s PCA. No legal guardian of a minor can be that recipient’s PCA. All other relatives can be your PCA.


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