PCA Self Assessment

Explore your options for home health services by taking Best Home Care’s PCA Self-Assessment.   We developed the PCA Self-Assessment Tool to help people determine whether they qualify for Personal Care Assistant (PCA) Services or home health in Minnesota. While the assessment is based on State guidelines, The PCA Self Assessment does not take the place of an actual PCA Assessment conducted by your county.   The PCA Self Assessment should be used as a guide rather than a final determination of whether you qualify for PCA Services. If you have any questions about the results please contact us. Always request an in-person assessment if you think you need PCA Services regardless of the outcome of the PCA Self-Assessment. The results of this assessment are confidential. Click "Proceed" below to begin assessment.

Eating

A PCA may provide assistance needed to complete the process of eating. Includes assistance with hand washing and application of orthodontics required for eating. Includes feeding and supervision related to chewing/swallowing issues, choking and monitoring intake.

Ques.1 : How often do you need help eating?

Ans. :
A.Every time I eat.
B.Sometimes.
C.I don’t need help with eating.

Toileting

A PCA may provide assistance with toileting. Assistance with toileting includes: Bowel or bladder elimination and care including positioning, feminine hygiene, use of toileting equipment or supplies, cleaning the perineal area, inspection of the skin and adjusting clothing.

Ques.2 : How often do you need help toileting?

Ans. :
A.Every time I use the toilet.
B.Sometimes.
C.I don’t need help with toileting.

Grooming

A PCA may provide assistance with grooming. Assistance with grooming includes: Basic hair care, oral care, shaving, nail care, applying cosmetics and deodorant, and care of eyeglasses and hearing aids.

Ques.3 : How often do you need help grooming?

Ans. :
A.Every time I groom myself.
B.Sometimes.
C.I don’t need help with grooming.

Dressing

A PCA may provide assistance with Dressing. Assistance with dressing includes: Choosing, application, and changing of clothing and application of special appliances, wraps or clothing.

Ques.4 : How often do you need help dressing?

Ans. :
A.Every time I dress or undress.
B.Sometimes.
C.I don’t need help with dressing.

Bathing

A PCA may provide assistance with bathing. Assistance with bathing includes: Basic personal hygiene and skin care including starting and completing the steps of a bath or shower.

Ques.5 : How often do you need help bathing?

Ans. :
A.Every time I bathe.
B.Sometimes.
C.I don’t need help with bathing.

Transfering

A PCA may provide assistance with transferring. Assistance with transferring includes: Transferring from one seating or reclining area to another.

Ques.6 : How often do you need help transferring?

Ans. :
A.Every time I transfer.
B.Sometimes.
C.I don’t need help with transferring.

Mobility

A PCA may provide assistance with mobility. Assistance with mobility includes: Ambulation, including use of adaptive equipment (Mobility does not include providing transportation for a recipient).

Ques.7 : How often do you need help with mobility?

Ans. :
A.Every time I move.
B.Sometimes.
C.I don’t need help with mobility.

Positioning

A PCA may provide assistance with positioning. Assistance with positioning includes: Positioning or turning for necessary care and comfort.

Ques.8 : How often do you need help positioning?

Ans. :
A.Every time I need to reposition myself.
B.Sometimes.
C.I don’t need help with positioning.

Behaviors

A PCA may provide assistance with behaviors. You may need assistance with behaviors if you have: Increased vulnerability due to cognitive defects or display socially inappropriate behavior. Physical aggression towards self, others or destruction of property indicates a need for help with behaviors.

Ques.9 : How often do you need help with behaviors?

Ans. :
A.Every day.
B.Sometimes.
C.I don’t need help with behaviors.