Personal Care Assistant (PCA) services, a type of non-medical home care, help older adults and people of any age with a disability live independently at home and at work and to engage with their communities. A Personal Care Attendant is the personal support worker who is typically employed by the older adult or person with a disability or their authorized representative.
The individual or their authorized representative handles numerous tasks during the employment of the PCA. The employer: hires, trains and evaluates the PCA’s performance, determines schedules and defines job tasks. In other words, the PCA works for the individual. A fiscal intermediary is used for all payroll and applicable taxes/insurances.
There are also agency-based PCA services available in which the PCA is employed by an agency but performs personal support services which are also person-centered.