If you’re curious about pursuing a career in the homecare industry, you may have questions regarding your eligibility for becoming a Personal Care Assistant (PCA). Homecare services for individuals living with a disability is available in the state of Minnesota. But what if you’re living with a disability and your loved one is in need of a family caregiver. Is it possible to become a PCA if you have a disability?

According to the MN Department of Human Services, to become a PCA you must first meet the following requirements:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be employed by a PCA agency
  • Pass a background check
  • Enroll with the MN Department of Human Services

For those living with a disability, there are certain requirements you must also meet to work as a caregiver. According to the MN Department of Human Services, to become eligible:

  • You cannot receive PCA services yourself
  • You must be able to effectively communicate with both your clients and their agencies
  • You must be able to perform the covered services, according to your client’s PCA assessment plan. This means your disability cannot prevent you from performing daily tasks that will help support your clients and allow them to enjoy more independence.

In terms of home caregiving, there are other essential factors to consider, as well. If you have a disability and would like to work as a PCA, you also want to make sure you have available transportation to drive to your clients’ homes. And if you’re unable to drive, make sure you have a way of getting safety to their residences to perform your daily homecare services. 

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If you’d like to learn more about becoming a PCA, contact us today! We specialize in helping both clients and caregivers receive the information, resources, and services they need to live well and stay independent.