The personal care assistance program provides services to persons who need help with day-to-day activities to allow them be more independent in their own home.
A personal care assistant is an individual trained to help persons with basic daily routines. A PCA may be able to help you if you have a physical, emotional or mental disability, a chronic illness or an injury.
To be eligible for the personal care assistance program, a person must meet all these criteria:
Personal care assistance services must be medically necessary and ordered by a physician. A person must need help to complete activities of daily living, have health-related tasks or need observation and redirection of behavior to use these four categories of services:
Your county public health nurse will arrange for an assessment and help you learn more about PCA options available, including types of agencies that provide personal care assistance services and how to hire your own staff.
There are several resources for more information: