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Our Personal Care Attendant (PCA) program allows eligible individuals to hire personal care attendants to help them do the things they can’t do for themselves. Personal care attendants help disabled individuals get in and out of bed, bathe, dress, eat, and other Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), as well as prepare food, keep the house clean, food shop, and other Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs). This program keeps people independent, healthy, safe, and in their own homes--and the person with the disability is in charge of hiring and training (and firing, if necessary) their PCAs.
The individual must have MassHealth Standard or CommonHealth (if you are not currently eligible, we can discuss how you might become so).
The individual must have a chronic or permanent disability.
The individual must need physical (hands-on) assistance with at least two ADLs (mobility, bathing/grooming, dressing/undressing, passive range of motion exercises for keeping limbs and joints limber and flexible, taking medications, eating, and toileting).
MassHealth provides the funds to pay PCAs based on the amount of time approved.
Just about anyone can work as a PCA. Individuals can hire family members (except for a spouse, legal guardian, or surrogate), friends, neighbors, or folks they find through help wanted ads, Craigslist, or at Rewarding Work Resources.
Do you think you, a family member, or a friend might benefit from Personal Care Attendant Services? Please call 1-800-804-1899 today!
Please visit our Volunteer Information page for further information on our Volunteer Surrogate Program.
If you have questions about the Personal Care Attendant Orientation please visit this page.