Personal Care Attendants are responsible for hands-on assistance for aging adults and persons with disabilities. These services are provided in order to allow older adults or persons with disabilities to remain in their own home and to carry out functions of daily living, self-care, and mobility. Personal Care Attendants will provide care activities that are essential to the individual’s healthcare needs to prevent or postpone institutionalization.
Providing assistance with personal care, which includes:
- Bathing, partial bathing
- Oral hygiene
- Hair care, including clipping of hair
- Hand and foot care
- Intact skin care
- Application of cosmetics
Providing assistance with mobility, which includes:
- Proper body mechanics
- Use of assistive devices
Providing assistance with elimination, which includes:
- Assistance with bedpan, bedside commode, and toilet
- Incontinent or involuntary care
- Emptying urine collection and colostomy bags
Providing assistance with nutrition, which includes:
- Meal planning, preparation, clean-up
Providing assistance with safety, which includes:
- Use of the principles of health and safety in relation to self and individual
- Identifying and eliminating safety hazards
- Practicing health protection and cleanliness by appropriate techniques of handwashing
- Waste disposal and household tasks
- Reminding individuals to self-administer medications
- Providing assistance with correspondence and bill paying
- Escorting clients to community activities that are therapeutic in nature or that assist with developing and maintaining natural supports
A Personal Care Attendant must be able to follow a written care plan addressing specific needs determined by the client’s assessment and:
- Be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
- Be competent to provide services according to the individual's plan of care.
- Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate.
- Submit a copy of a current negative TB test or negative chest x-ray that is completed annually.
- Possess a current, valid state-issued driver's license if the employee will be transporting an individual.
- Provide proof of current insurance on the vehicle used to transport an individual that meets current Indiana requirements.
ACTIVITIES NOT ALLOWED FOR PERSONAL CARE
- Personal care services will not be provided to medically unstable individuals as a substitute for care provided by a registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, licensed physician, or other health professional.
- Personal care services will not be provided to household members other than to the client.
- Personal care services will not be reimbursed when provided as an individual by a parent of a minor child client, the spouse of the client, the attorney-in-fact (POA) of a client, the healthcare representative (HCR) of a client, or the legal guardian of a client.