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personal assistance services (PAS)

What Are Personal Assistance Services (PAS)?

Whether we have a disability or are simply getting older, staying in our own home and in our own community is a priority for all of us. Our quality of life is higher when we are around our family and friends, attending church and other community events, living the life of our choosing. Our Personal Assistance Services (PAS) in-home care program is here to help you do just that.

PAS is the support you need to take care of yourself. This support may include:

  • Bathing

  • Dressing

  • Help using the toilet

  • Transferring

  • Walking/mobility

  • Eating

  • Medication reminders

Other types of assistance may include:

  • Housework

  • Laundry

  • Shopping

  • Meal preparation

Different programs offer different services and we can help you determine which one best meets your needs.

What Makes LINC Unique?

As a Center for Independent Living, and a 501(c)3 not-for profit, we offer you benefits other in-home care provider agencies cannot or do not. For one, our program is self-directed, which means you are in control of your care. No decision about your care is made by anyone else but you or your Representative. Second, we have an Independent Living program that can provide a number of services, like residential ramps, durable medical equipment, and mobility equipment repair at low or now cost to you.

 

What Is an Employer?

An Employer is a Consumer (you) who has chosen to self-direct their in-home care. As an Employer, you or your Representative can manage your own life activities, including finances, housing, social activities, and arranging for services like medical care, transportation, and in-home care. Being an Employer means being your own boss, setting your own care schedule, and hiring the caregiver of your choice.

LINC will support you in a number of ways, including:

  • Managing human resource paperwork

  • Issuing PA paychecks

  • Provide required PA training and onboarding

What Is a Personal Assistant?

A Personal Assistant (PA) is someone who is chosen and hired by you or your Personal Representative to assist with activities you would do yourself if you were able. The PA can be a family member, a friend, or someone who provides support to another consumer. The PA’s job duties vary depending on your assessed needs and the program you are approved to participate in. The PA’s job is to assist with daily living activities such as personal care and homemaker services, as well as your health and safety.

LINC provides services which allow you or your Personal Representative to choose the level of control you will assume in recruiting, selecting, managing, training, and dismissing of their Personal Assistant(s).

How Do I Pay for PAS?

Our PAS Team can help you determine how to pay for home and community-based services, including:

  • Medicaid

  • Molina Healthcare

  • Blue Cross of Idaho

  • Private Pay

  • Area Agency on Aging/Office on Aging

 

If you have Long-Term Care insurance, contact us to discuss this option.

How Much Are PAs Paid and How Do PAs Apply?

If you need in-home care and you have someone you want to work as your PA, let us know. If you are looking to work as a PA at LINC, please contact us. We pay $14/hour and you may be eligible for Minimal Essential Coverage (MEC) insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

To work as a PA, you must:

  • Be 18 years or older

  • Successfully pass a background check

  • Be authorized to work in the United States

  • Attend and complete an orientation through LINC

  • Have good communication skills

For additional information, check out this PA hiring flyer.

More Info?

For more information about choosing LINC as your self-direction PAS agency or to become a Personal Assistant, please email us at pa@lincidaho.org or call (208) 336-3335.