While hospice services provide clinical support, there are other types of services that individuals and families also seek-one of those is Personal Care Assistance, also known as PCA services. PCA services are a type of home care services that help people with their non-medical health needs so that they can remain independent rather than relocating to a facility. Many of our elderly are medically stable and not in need of a higher level of care-they want to remain at home. PCA can help assist in elder needs so they can sustain their independence and quality of life.
PCA service help people with activities of daily living: Grooming, toileting, eating, bathing, dressing, and mobility/transferring. Many go a step further and assist with meal planning and prep, money management, running errands (doctor appointments), essential household chores, and getting around in the community. For those with more complex issues, caregivers can also assist those with memory issues like Alzheimer’s and dementia. Redirection and interventions for behaviors such as wandering can be observed and monitored.
PCA caregivers are required to complete a background check and go through thorough/continual training upon being hired. Most of these services are private pay, however, some agencies accept insurances. You or your loved one are matched with a suitable assistant that you are comfortable and compatible with. For more information on this type of service, click on the link below: