Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Program

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NILP Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Program

The PCA Program is a consumer controlled and directed Masshealth funded program that allows eligible persons with disabilities to hire others to assist them with daily living tasks for an approved amount of time each week and Masshealth will cover the costs for that time. Unlike most other home health aide programs, the PCA Program puts the control in YOUR hands. Hire the attendants you are comfortable having in your residence and set the schedule that is most convenient for you. Please click on the following link to view a video in regards to the importance of the PCA program and how PCA’s can make a dramatic difference in people’s lives who live with a disability: PCA’s – The Key To Independent Living

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible for the PCA Program, you must have Masshealth Standard or Masshealth Commonhealth. You also must have a permanent or chronic disability and need physical assistance with two activities of daily living. Activities of daily living are defined by Masshealth as eating, dressing, grooming, medication administration mobility, or passive range of motion.

I would like to be assessed for the PCA Program, what should I do?

If you think you are eligible for the PCA Program, you can refer yourself or have someone refer you by calling NILP at 978-687-4288 and asking for a PCA Program Intake Coordinator. Staff will ask you some basic questions about your personal care needs. If you appear to be eligible for the program, staff will take down your contact information and contact your physician to confirm eligibility. Once we hear from your physician, NILP will call you for an intake home assessment to set up an in-home visit. A doctor or nurse practitioner who is familiar with your medical status will also need to provide NILP with a medical summary form in order to confirm your need for personal care services.

What can my PCA help me with?

Masshealth allows PCAs to assist dressing, eating, grooming, medication administration, or passive range of motion. Under certain circumstances, your PCA might also be able to assist with laundry, shopping, housekeeping, meal preparation, and other tasks related to your personal care needs. When appropriate, overnight PCA hours are granted as well.

Who can be my PCA?

Anyone who is legally able to work in the United States, who is not your legal guardian, spouse, or PCA surrogate, can work as your PCA. You can hire family members to be your PCA. However, anyone who works as your PCA must treat their employment seriously and understand the purpose of the program is to ensure your personal needs are being met.

More Questions?

Please click here for a list of other frequently asked questions regarding the PCA Program, or contact one of our staff at 978-687-4288 and ask for a PCA Skills Trainer.

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