- Written by Jessica Riel
- Published: 09 March 2017
Personal Care Attendant (PCA) program at LifePath was established for people who want to retain control over their personal care needs at home. Serving people with chronic medical conditions and disabilities, PCA provides funds to hire the personal care attendant of your choice.The MassHealth
To qualify, you must require physical assistance in two areas of your daily life, such as:
- mobility and transfers (for example, walking from the bedroom to the bathroom or moving from a wheelchair to a kitchen chair)
- medication assistance
- bathing and grooming
- dressing and undressing
- passive range of motion exercises
If you qualify in at least two of these areas, authorization for homemaking, laundry, shopping, meal preparation, and medical transportation can be included as needed.
A PCA program skills trainer will provide you with orientation to the program and request a referral from your doctor. The skills trainer will also assess your ability to manage this consumer-directed program. If you are identified as someone who would benefit from assist with program management, you may appoint a family member or friend as a volunteer surrogate.
During the evaluation process, a PCA nurse and an occupational therapist will meet with you to determine the amount of assistance needed at home. The evaluation is reviewed and signed by your doctor and then submitted to MassHealth for approval. Ongoing skills training will be provided to help you (and/or your surrogate) learn how to effectively manage your own PCA program services.
For more information about the PCA program and other services provided by LifePath, contact us.