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Personal care assistance (PCA) program
What is the personal care assistance program?
The personal care assistance program provides services to persons who need help with day-to-day activities to allow them be more independent in their own home. A personal care assistant is an individual trained to help persons with basic daily routines. A PCA may be able to help you if you have a physical, emotional or mental disability, a chronic illness or an injury.
Who is eligible for the personal care assistance program?
To be eligible for the personal care assistance program, a person must meet all these criteria:
What services can a personal care assistant provide?
Personal care assistance services must be medically necessary and ordered by a physician. A person must need help to complete activities of daily living, have health-related tasks or need observation and redirection of behavior to use these four categories of services:
How can I get personal care assistance services?
Call your county public health nurse to arrange for an assessment and learn more about PCA options available, including types of agencies that provide personal care assistance services and how to hire your own staff.
For more information, contact your local county agency (PDF). If you are enrolled in a prepaid health plan, contact your health plan for specific instructions.
Find more information in the personal care assistance website.
Let us know if you are unable to find information about Disability Services Division programs and services. E-mail DHS.Dsdtahelp@state.mn.us.
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