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Tuesday, 26 February 2013 11:21

 

Personal Care Attendant Program

 

The Personal Care Attendant Program (PCAP), created by the 1984 Kentucky General Assembly, provides a subsidy for severely physically disabled adults to hire an attendant.The program has one objective: to make possible eligible severely disabled adults to live independently. The program provides financial support that allows the participant to hire a personal care attendant and thereby achieve independence.

To be eligible for this program, participants must be 18 years old or older, severely physically disabled with permanent or temporary recurring functional loss of two or more limbs. Need at least 14 hours but no more than 40 hours of attendant care per week. In addition, be mentally capable of instructing and supervising attendants and be able of preparing payroll and required employer tax statements.

A personal care attendant, hired by the physically disabled adult, are essentially the “arms and legs” of their employer. They are someone who assists a person with a disability to do the things he or she would do for him or herself, were it not for the disability. Their duties can be broken down into three areas:

1. Domestic, i.e., housecleaning, cooking, laundry, and shopping.

2. Personal, i.e., transferring, skin care, positioning, bathing, range of motion exercise, dressing, grooming, toilet assistance, and bladder and bowel care.

3. Transportation, i.e., wheelchair, auto/van/bus, airplanes, etc.

The personal assistant does not have to have any specialized training nor to be trained in any one particular way. Each assistant receives their training from the persons they work for rather than through a job-training program. The most qualified assistants are those who respect the person they work for, listen carefully to instructions, and are reliable.

Center for Accessible Living in Louisville, Kentucky, who administers the program, is a not for profit organization run by people with disabilities. The mission of the Center is to assist in providing an environment that supports individuals with severe and not so severe disabilities in attaining independent living and the right to choose his or her individual degree of independence.

The Big Sandy Area Development District contracts with The Center for Accessible Living of Louisville to provide the Personal Care Attendant Program in the Big Sandy Area District. The program serves approximately forty (40) disabled individuals per fiscal year. The Big Sandy ADD subcontracts with the Kentucky River ADD to provide additional support and monitoring in their area. State directive 910 KAR 1:090 requires, “When programs are at capacity, eligible clients' names shall be placed on a chronological waiting list and as vacancies occur be accepted for service on a first come basis.”

For more information about this program, please contact Jody Spradlin at


1-800-737-2723, Ext: 321

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