Choice Empowers is licensed through the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Human Services to supply, arrange, or schedule employees to provide non-medical home care services, as directed by the consumer or the consumer’s representative, in the consumer’s place of residence or other independent living environment.
Personal Care Services
The term includes, but is not limited to, assistance with self-administered medications, feeding, oral, skin, and mouth care, shaving, assistance with ambulation, bathing, hair care and grooming, dressing, toileting, and transfer activities.
- Grooming and Hygiene This includes bathing, dressing assistance for weather-appropriate clothing and preferences for good personal appearance, shampooing, shaving (with an electric shaver), hair combing and styling, and other grooming needs.
- Mobility Assistance: This includes assisting the consumer to get from place to place to place in and around their communities to be able to keep and maintain relationships that have been built and make/create new relationships in the community. Assisting consumer to maintain their mobility for as long as they are capable.
- Nutrition: : This includes supporting consumers to adhere to their specific special diets and making choices for healthier food options to maintain and improve dietary health. Assisting with feeding needs.
- Toileting and Incontinence Care: This includes ensuring toileting is done timely to prevent skin breakdowns/infections, hygiene issues, and unwanted odors.
- Transferring and Positioning: This includes assisting the consumer to safely get in and out of bed, chairs, and wheelchairs, repositioning and positioning to eliminate the risk of bed sores and muscle atrophy and limit the risk of falls, and assisting the consumer to safely maintain ambulatory health.
- Medication Reminders: Direct Care Workers cannot administer medication. This includes medication reminders only for consumers to self-administer their medication as prescribed. Reading medication labels, assisting in opening medication containers, and reminding consumers when it is time for each dose of medication.
Socialization, support, and assistance with instrumental activities of daily living.
- Meal Preparation: This includes assisting the consumers to prepare meals of the consumer’s choice that meet nutritional and dietary needs. These can be hot or cold meals that can be prepared with or for the consumer, depending on the consumer’s ability.
- Laundry: This includes sorting, washing, drying, ironing, and putting away clean laundry. Laundry can be done in the home of the consumer or at a local laundromat facility
- Conversation and Companionship: This includes engaging the consumer in conversations, social and recreational events, reading, and social activities of the consumer’s choice.
- Light Housekeeping: This includes vacuuming, dusting, sweeping, mopping, cleaning bathrooms (sinks, tubs, showers, and toilets), cleaning kitchens (sinks, appliances, counters, and taking out the trash), straightening all rooms, organizing closets and drawers. Areas to be cleaned are reachable without the use of a ladder and do not require furniture to be removed.
- Grocery Shopping/Errands: This includes grocery shopping and other errands, such as stopping at the pharmacy or post office, market, hair/beauty salon, or barbershop.
- Transportation: This includes driving consumers to places such as medical appointments, barbershops, beauty salons, and shopping or anywhere the consumer chooses to go during the time of service provisions within the scope of service provision.
- Grooming Guidance: This includes assisting clients with shampooing, shaving, hair combing and styling, and other grooming needs.
Personal care and assistance with instrumental activities of daily living are provided on a short-term basis because of the absence or need for relief for those persons normally providing the services.
Non-skilled services unique to the consumer’s care needs that facilitate the consumer’s health, safety, welfare, and ability to live independently.