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With the Personal Care Attendant program, the choice is yours

Mar 2017 PCA photoA lot of people have no experience with managing a chronic health condition in their own home. That’s where we come in. The Personal Care Attendant program at LifePath provides funds and skills training needed to employ the personal care attendant of your choice.The MassHealth 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.

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
  • toileting
  • feeding
  • 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.

Attend the PCA Meet & Greet event at GCC on May 11

If you are looking to hire a personal care attendant, attend the PCA Meet & Greet event from 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11, 2017, at Greenfield Community College’s downtown campus at 270 Main Street. You can meet local personal care attendants and talk in a neutral environment with no obligation to hire. To pre-register, call 413-775-1672 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..