Personal care assistance is provided in the home to people with disabilities or a chronic, disabling disease who need assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs).
A Personal Care Attendant (PCA) is a person who does things for you that you are physically unable to do yourself. A PCA also helps you do things that would take an exceptionally long time to do on your own. The duties of the PCA vary, depending on the nature of your disability and your daily schedule.
The individual is responsible for hiring, firing, training and managing his or her own Personal Care Assistant (PCA). The consumer is the employer and the PCA is the employee.
If a person cannot manage the program themselves, they are able to name someone they know as a Surrogtae or Administrative Proxy who can help them to manage the program.
MassHealth recently sent out a communication to all Consumers, Surrogates, and PCAs regarding the PCA vaccine requirement.
Vaccine Attestation forms should NOT be sent to MassHealth, PCMs, or FIs. Instead, individual Consumer-employers and PCAs may retain these attestation forms for their own records, as needed.
If you have vaccine related questions, please contact the LTSS Provider Service Center, as they are prepared to take these calls:
If you or a loved one is a MassHealth member who receives hands-on support from a Personal Care Attendant (PCA) but are struggling to access these services during the COVID-19 outbreak, call the MassOptions hotline at 1-844-422-6277.