Attendant and Personal Care
Attendant Care and Personal Care services are provided to assist an individual in remaining in his/her own home and participating in work or community activities. This service utilizes the Individualized Support Plan (ISP) to provide assistance to maintain personal cleanliness and in activities of daily living that do not require medical supervision or intervention. This may include bathing, oral hygiene, toileting, bowel and bladder care, dressing, shampooing, ambulation, transfer to and from wheelchair and/or bed, eating and meal preparation, routine nail and skin care, tasks necessary for comfort and safety of movement restricted individuals, assisting with special appliances and/or prosthetic devices.
The Care providers may also provide assistance by planning, shopping, storing and cooking food for nutritional meals or assist the individual to participate in these activities. In addition, Attendant Care providers assist in providing appropriate attention to injury and illness, maintain skin integrity, and assist with self-medication reminders.
Attendant and Personal Care also includes providing assistance to attain or maintain safe and sanitary living conditions such as dusting, cleaning floors, bathrooms, cleaning kitchen, washing dishes, changing linens, washing, drying and folding laundry, shopping for household supplies and medicines, and taking out garbage.
This service is usually authorized at a ratio of one staff to one client (1:1). However, there are some tasks that could be provided to multiple clients (i.e. siblings living together, neighbors shopping together). It may be provided in the client’s own home or in the community but never in the providers’ home. Daily data of the assistance provided is maintained and submitted each pay period with time sheets.