Personal Care Assistant (PCA) Services
Minnesota Quality Care, Inc, specializes in Personal Care Assistant (PCA) services. PCA Services are a non-medical health care that enables participants to live independently in their homes. Most seniors prefer living at home over living in a nursing home. PCA services help to make that possible.
Our office staff will help you find the right Personal Care Assistant (PCA) for you. In addition, we will also help you find out if you are eligible for PCA services. And once your PCA services are approved, we will take care of all the insurance billing.
What's included in Personal Care Assistant Services?
Personal Care Assistants (PCAs) help patients with activities of daily living and health-related tasks.
Wherever clients' daily activities take them, Personal Care Assistant (PCA) services can provide support.
Insurance Coverage for Personal Care Assistants
Personal Care Assistant services are not covered by private insurance or Medicare. However, they can be covered by Medicaid. If a client is eligible for Medicaid reimbursement, we can help you with the paperwork required for Medicaid coverage for your Personal Care Assistant services.
Personal Care Assistant Services Include:
See the information below from the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) for more information on the services that PCAs can perform. You can also look for more details on the DHS Website.
You may also be eligible for Homemaker services. We can help you determine which services you are eligible to receive and help you arrange for Medicaid coverage.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services Defines PCA 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 detailed information from DHS. PCA Services are "Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)" and "Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLS)". Look at the list below to see if these may apply to your situation.
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.