Personal care and Homemaking (PC/H) are long term care services provided in the home of older adults and adults with a disability who typically have limitations in their ability to perform basic activities of daily living.
These services can be provided by a trained professional or family member who meets the same standards of employees who are unrelated to the consumer. The services are defined by state standards as follows:
Personal Care includes hands-on care or assistance with eating, bathing, dressing, personal hygiene or grooming, and with activities of daily living including meal preparation. This service may include assistance with preparation of meals, but does not include the cost of the meals themselves.
When specified in the plan of care, this service may also include such housekeeping chores as bed making, dusting, and vacuuming, which are incidental to the care furnished, or which are essential to the health and welfare of the individual, rather than the individual’s family.
This service also includes supervising the care of the participant by reminding, prompting, cueing, and frequently directing the activities of daily living. Personal care may be furnished outside of the participant’s home.
Homemaking consists of general household activities (meal preparation and routine household care) to maintain an adequate living environment that is provided by a trained homemaker, when the individual regularly responsible for these activities is temporarily absent or unable to manage the home and care for him or herself or others in the home. Allowable homemaking tasks are limited to: