Personal Assistance services provide necessary personnel and supports to meet the daily living needs of a person with a developmental disability. These services and supports, including evaluation and assessment, are provided to ensure adequate functioning in the person’s own home, someone else’s home, or in the home of their natural or adoptive family.
Personal Assistance services may include support or training with a wide range of activities necessary to meet the daily living needs of the person in the home and community including:
- Personal care, such as hygiene, bathing, eating, dressing, grooming, bowel and bladder care, menstrual care, transferring, supervision, basic first aid, giving medications, relief to a family who normally provides personal care, emergency response in the form of human assistance and operating medical, assistive or adaptive equipment;
- Household activities necessary to maintain a home living environment on a day-to-day basis, such as meal preparation, shopping and chores, assistance with money management and personal finances, cleaning, laundry, household repairs and maintenance which are related to the person’s disability;
- Mentorship activities, such as assistance with his/her participation on private and public boards, advisory groups and commissions, and person specific training costs associated with providing unique supported living services to an individual, such as training in child and infant care for parent(s) who themselves have a developmental disability.
- Supported living consultation: Supported living consultation includes assistance with decision making, planning daily activities, and direct assistance to access community resources and/or service providers.
Waiver(s) which include this service:
Services which provide assistance to a member in their own home in order to meet the member’s physical, maintenance and supportive needs. This assistance may take the form of hands-on assistance (actually performing a task for the person) or cueing to prompt the participant to perform a task. Personal care services do not require the supervision of a nurse or physician’s orders.
Personal care services may include assistance with the following:
- Skin Care
- Hair Care
- Nail Care
- Mouth care
- Bladder Care
- Bowel Care
- Respiratory Care
- Accompanying a member to appointments when the above mentioned personal care services are needed in conjunction with the trip. Accompanying does not include transporting the member.
- Homemaking, if provided in conjunction with the above mentioned personal care services
- Protective Oversight to supervise a member at risk for wandering.
- Respite care for primary care givers, provided that the respite care does not duplicate any care which the primary caregiver may be receiving payment to provide.
Personal care services do not include skilled personal care, which may only be provided by a certified home health aide.