Minnesota’s Personal Care Assistance program is designed to support people of all ages with disabilities to live independently in the community. Personal Care Assistants (PCAs) provide services to people who need help with activities of daily living, instrumental activities of daily living and health-related functions. PCAs also provide hands on assistance, supervision, redirection and intervention for behavior including observation and monitoring.
A PCA may assist the person with the following ADLs:
- Dressing – Application of clothing and special appliances or wraps.
- Grooming – Basic hair care, oral cares, shaving, basic nail care, applying cosmetics and deodorant, care of eyeglasses and hearing aids.
- Bathing – Basic personal hygiene and skin care.
- Eating – Completing the process of eating including application of orthotics required for eating, hand washing and transfers.
- Transfers – Assistance to transfer the person from one seating or reclining area to another.
- Mobility – Assistance with ambulation.
- Positioning – Assistance with positioning or turning a person for necessary care and comfort.
- Toileting – Helping person with bowel or bladder elimination and care. This includes transfers, mobility, positioning, feminine hygiene, use of toileting equipment or supplies, cleansing, inspection of the skin and adjusting clothing.
A PCA may assist an adult recipient 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
- Plan and prepare meals
- Shop for food, clothing and other essential items
Under state law, a licensed health care professional may delegate health-related procedures and tasks to a personal care assistant. Examples of health-related procedures and tasks include:
- Assistance with self-administered medications
- Interventions for seizure disorders, including monitoring and observation
- Range of motion to maintain a person’s strength and muscle functioning
A PCA service may include observation of a person who:
- Has episodes of behaviors
- Needs redirection to remain safe in his/her environment
The PCA program provides support to:
- People with disabilities of all ages
- Elderly (over 65 years)
- People with chronic health conditions
Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm