SMILES Center for Independent Living (SMILES CIL)
Personal Care Assistant (PCA)
SMILES Mankato Office
709 S Front St, Ste 7, Mankato, MN, 56001-3887
Distance: 1019 Miles
Travel Information: From 169 Northbound through Mankato, take the Riverfront exit, follow Riverfront to Front Street, location on right side of road. From 169 Southbound, take the downtown exit, follow south Second Street to Liberty, turn right and immediate left into parking lot.
A Personal Care Assistant (PCA) is a trained worker who helps people that need support to take care of their day-to-day activities and who are on a state program (Medical Assistance, waiver programs, or Alternative Care). Personal assistance services help individuals live and work within their own communities. PCAs help people who need support to take care of daily living needs because of disease, a disabling condition, or complications related to aging.
Personal care assistance services must be deemed medically necessary as determined by an assessment. The assessment must find that the person needs help to complete at least one of eight activities of daily living or exhibit Level 1 behavior.
The four categories of services that a person can receive assistance in are:
* Activities of Daily Living: eating, toileting, grooming, dressing, bathing, transferring (such as getting in and out of bed), mobility, and positioning
* Health-related functions, which, under state law, can be delegated or assigned by a licensed health care professional to be performed by a PCA
* Instrumental Activities of Daily Living: meal planning and preparation, managing finances, shopping for essential items, performing essential household chores, communication by telephone and other media, and participating in the community
* Redirection and intervention for behavior including observation and monitoring
If you are enrolled in Medical Assistance, a waiver program, or Alternative Care, there are two possible ways that you may receive PCA services in Minnesota:
* You may select an individual worker (where you are responsible for hiring, supervising and firing)
* You may hire a home care agency who selects and oversees your worker
If you choose to hire your own workers, you will also choose a PCA Choice provider (usually a home health agency) as a fiscal intermediary. The PCA Choice provider is responsible for billing the Department of Human Services (DHS) for PCA services and paying your PCA workers.
If you want to find direct support workers who may be able to assist you, go to Direct Support Connect[TM]. You'll be able to create a profile about your needs and interests, search for direct support workers, and connect securely within the site. If you are a direct support worker looking for a person/employer to support, you can also create a profile and do a search.
Southern Minnesota Independent Living Enterprises and Services (SMILES) Center for Independent Living is a nonprofit organization committed to providing services that assist individuals with disabilities to live independently, pursue their own meaningful goals, and enjoy the same opportunities and choices as all persons.
Learn more about the Independent Living philosophy at: http://smilescil.org/services/independent-living-skills-training
- Alternative Care Waiver (AC)
- Brain Injury Waiver (BI)
- Community Access for Disability Inclusion Waiver (CADI)
- Community Alternative Care (CAC) Waiver
- Developmental Disabilities Waiver (DD)
- Elderly Waiver (EW)
- Medicaid (Medical Assistance)
* Be eligible to receive Medical Assistance (MA) or Medical Assistance for pregnant women and children
* Be able to make decisions about your own care or have someone who can make decisions for you
* Be dependent in at least one activity of daily living or exhibit Level 1 behavior within the last year, as determined by the assessment
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This provider does not offer this service at other locations.
Other Services or resources
- Adult Companion Services
- Advocacy - Disabilities
- Assistive Technology
- Consumer Directed Community Supports (CDCS) Support Planner
- Environmental Accessibility Adaptations (EAA) Home Install
- Independent Living Skills (ILS) Training
- Information and Support
- In-Home Family Support
- Nursing Home Relocation
- Personal Care Assistant (PCA) Choice
- Personal Support
- School to Adult Life Transition
- Semi Independent Living Services (SILS)
- Specialized Equipment and Supplies
- Supported Living Services (SLS)
Taxonomy Terms Used: Clicking a taxonomy term from the list below launches a new search.
LR-1550Centers for Independent Living Definition
Consumer controlled, community based, cross disability, nonresidential agencies designed and operated within a local community by individuals with disabilities that provide an array of independent living services. All CILs provide five core services: information and referral, independent living skills training, peer counseling, individual and systems advocacy and transition. In addition, many CILs also offer transportation services, mobility training, personal assistance, housing and home modifications, recreation services, vocational programs, assistance in obtaining assistive technology equipment and other individualized services designed to increase and maintain independence.
PH-0500Attendant Services for People With Disabilities Definition
Programs that provide support for individuals with disabilities who need assistance with routine activities in or outside their homes.
PH-3300.6500Personal Care Definition
Programs that offer the services of paraprofessional aides who provide assistance with personal hygiene (bathing, grooming and mouth care), clothing care, ambulation, seating, toileting, housekeeping (changing bed linens or other chores that are essential to the individual's health and comfort), food preparation and nutritional and environmental support for recently discharged hospital patients, elderly people and people with disabilities in their own homes or other settings. Personal care may also include supervision which involves cueing, reminding, prompting or directing daily activities, as needed, but does not include medical services.
YB-9000Young Adults Definition
Individuals who are generally between the ages of 18 and 25 depending on the ages that specific programs use for qualification.
YJ-8750People With Disabilities/Health Conditions Definition
Individuals who have physical, sensory, developmental, cognitive, mental or emotional limitations, illnesses or injuries that affect their ability to engage in one or more major life activities. Disabilities and health conditions may be temporary or permanent, may be present at birth or occur at any point in a person's lifetime, and can be of different levels of severity.
YQ-1500Consumer Directed Organizational Perspective Definition
Organizations and individual practitioners who offer maximum choice and control (including the ability to select, manage and dismiss their workers) to people who use services or other supports to help with daily activities.