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The Personal Care Attendant (PCA) program provides personal care assistance (attendant) for adults aged 18 to 64 with chronic, severe, and permanent disabilities. This program allows the adult to remain at home instead of institutionalization (placement in a long-term care facility, nursing home, etc.). A personal care attendant (PCA) is hired to assist you in performing activities of daily living (ADLs) and staying at home. There is a waiting list for acceptance into this program.

Eligibility for PCA is a two-part process: Part 1: Functionally, you must need these services. Specifically, you must physically demonstrate that you need hands-on assistance in performing 3 of the seven core Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). These ADLs are outlined below:  Bathing – need help bathing yourself properly? Dressing – need help getting dressed appropriately? Eating/Feeding – need help feeding yourself properly? (This does not mean making or preparing meals.) Toileting – need help going to/from the toilet and adequately cleaning yourself afterward? Transfer – need help safely transferring in and out of chairs/bed? Medication – need help preparing and taking your daily medicines? Behavioral – need daily supervision to keep from harming yourself or others? Part 2: Financially, you must have qualified for Medicaid by the time you receive services. You don’t have to be within the financial limits of Medicaid while on the waiting list for PCA (see below), but you must have applied and qualified for Medicaid by the time your name comes up on the waiting list.  

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