What are Personal Care Attendant/Assistant Services?
Personal Care Attendant/Assistant Services is a type of non-medical health care that enables people with disabilities of all ages, the elderly, and those with chronic illnesses to live independently in their homes and remain in their community.
A Qualified Professional such as Registered Nurses (RN) visits each client every 60 days to evaluate the attendant’s service and retrain if necessary. The RN visits the clients home to supervise and monitor the performance of the PCA and provides training when if needed. The RN can also evaluate change in the clients needs due to change of condition. Thereby adjusting the Care Plan Document as needed.
Individual PCA providers/Attendants help in the following areas.
Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs):
- Bathing: personal hygiene and grooming
- Dressing: dressing and undressing
- Transferring: movement and mobility
- Toileting: continence-related tasks including control and hygiene
- Eating: preparing food and feeding
- Health-related (taking to and from clinic)
- helping with appointments, reminding medications
- Behavior (redirecting, preventing client from hurting self or others.
- using the telephone or computer
- keeping track of finances