Programs Serving Individuals with Disabilities
Personal Care Attendant Services (PCA)
This Medicaid-funded program is a component of the New Opportunities Waiver (NOW) and provides planned personal care attendant services to qualified elderly individuals and individuals with a disability in the performance of necessary daily living activities. This program also provides respite care to relieve caretakers of their responsibilities for brief periods of time.
The purpose of these services is to promote deinstitutionalization of children and adults with developmental disabilities by providing services to their families or to the individual. PCA services allow the individual to live at home, or if possible, to live independently. Each individual who receives PCA services has a plan of care. Care planning is conducted by the individual, his/her family, and a group of professionals.
Personal care attendants help consumers to live independently with support in their communities rather than in a nursing home or institution. This program provides assistance with such activities as: personal hygiene, light household chores, shopping, meal preparation, eating, bathing, dressing, laundering, and other areas specified in the Interdisciplinary Service Plan.
Supervised Independent Living
This Medicaid-funded program is a component of the New Opportunities Waiver (NOW) and is designed to teach individuals with developmental disabilities to live as independently as possible in a home setting of their own within their own community. Individuals may also be served through private-pay contract with Gulf Coast In-Home Care.
In the program, consumers learn valuable skills, such as money management, safety, cooking, housekeeping, social skills, and self-administration of medication, transportation, hygiene, grooming, and the use of community resources.
Gulf Coast Social Services is authorized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide personal care attendant services for the disabled military veterans. Individuals must be referred by the Veterans Administration. The individuals must have a documented need for personal care services in order to be referred by VA.
Long-Term Personal Care Services (LT-PCS)
All Medicaid recipients age 65 or older, or age 21 with disabilities (meets Social Security Administration disability criteria), must meet the medical standards for admission to a nursing facility and additional targeting criteria, and be able to participate in his/her care and direct the services provided by the worker independently or through a responsible representative. Applicants must require at least limited assistance with at least one Activity of Daily Living. For more information about Long-term PCS click here.
- Basic personal care-toileting & grooming activities.
- Assistance with bladder and/or bowel requirements or problems.
- Assistance with eating and food preparation.
- Performance of incidental household chores, only for the recipient.
- Accompanying, not transporting, recipient to medical appointments.
- Grocery shopping, including personal hygiene items.
Adult Day Habilitation Program
This New Opportunities Waiver Program (NOW) assists adults with physical and/or mental disabilities to cultivate their creative and social talents through structured daily activities. The goals are to improve participants’ quality of life and to help them make important contributions to their community.
Residential Options Waiver (ROW) Host Home
This Medicaid-funded program is a component of the New Opportunities Waiver (NOW) and is available to individuals (children and adults) who would otherwise require ICF/DD (Intermediate Care Facility for Person with Developmental Disabilities) services. The service is available to participants who wish to live in a family setting when residing with their immediate family is not possible, providing them with a welcoming, safe, and nurturing environment. The goal of ROW Host Home is to promote the individual’s independence by increasing his/her capacity for self-care and self-sufficiency, while offering an alternative to institutional placement.
This Medicaid-funded waiver program is a component of the New Opportunities Waiver (NOW). The program provides individualized vocational services to qualified disabled individuals age 18 and older. Each individual who receives Supports Waiver services has a plan of care. Care planning is conducted by the individual, his/her family, and a group of professionals.