Personal Care Assistant (PCA) Services

MN Quality Care, Inc, is a home care provider serving the Minneapolis and St. Paul area. At MN Quality Care we specialize in Personal Care Assistant (PCA) services. The PCA Service is non-medical health care that enables participants to live independently in their homes and stay in their community. Our office support staff will help you find the right PCA for you.

What's included in PCA Services?

Personal Care Assistants (PCAs) helps participants with daily activities and health-related tasks. PCAs support clients in the basic activities of daily living: dressing, bathing, eating, preparing meals, shopping, paying bills, and getting to medical appointments.

Wherever clients' daily activities take them, PCA support can support provide support. PCA staff are limited to assisting with daily activities and are not permitted to help with home maintenance or medical tasks.

Insurance

PCA services are not covered by private insurance or Medicare but they can be covered by Medicaid. If a client is eligible for Medicaid reimbursement, we can help you get coverage.

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PCA Services Can Include Services Such As:

  • Dressing
  • Grooming
  • Bathing
  • Eating
  • Transfers
  • Mobility
  • Positioning
  • Toileting

See the information below from the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) for more information on the services that PCAs can perform.

 

 

From the Minnesota Department of Human Services

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) defines exactly what services a PCA can perform. It can be very complex knowing what exactly is covered, and it is our job to figure out  what is covered for your situation, based on your plan of care. See below for more detailed information from DHS.

Activities of daily living (ADLs)

A PCA worker may assist the person with the following ADLs:

  • · Dressing – Including application of clothing and special appliances or wraps
  • · Grooming – Including basic hair care, oral care, shaving, basic nail care, applying cosmetics and deodorant, care of eyeglasses and hearing aids
  • · Bathing – Including basic personal hygiene and skin care
  • · Eating – Including completing the process of eating, including hand washing and application of orthotics required for eating, transfers and feeding
  • · Transfers – Including assistance to transfer the person from one seating or reclining area to another
  • · Mobility – Including assistance with ambulation, including use of a wheel chair; not including providing transportation
  • · Positioning – Including assistance with positioning or turning a person for necessary care and comfort
  • · Toileting – Including helping person with bowel or bladder elimination and care. This includes transfers, mobility, positioning, feminine hygiene, use of toileting equipment or supplies, cleansing the perineal area, inspection of the skin and adjusting clothing.

Instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs)

A PCA worker may assist an adult with the following:

  • · Accompany to medical appointments
  • · Accompany to participate in the community
  • · Assist with paying bills
  • · Communicate by telephone and other media
  • · Complete household tasks integral to the PCA services, such as:
  • · Plan and prepare meals
  • · Shop for food, clothing and other essential items

A PCA worker may assist a child with IADLs when:

  • · Immediate attention is needed for health and hygiene reasons integral to the personal care services and,
  • · Assessor has indicated this need on the service plan.

Observation and redirection of behaviors

A PCA worker may observe and provide redirection to the recipient for episodes of behavior needing redirection as identified in the care plan.