The Pediatric Personal Care Benefit helps Colorado Medicaid members 20 years old and younger with in-home, unskilled* support with daily living activities.
*unskilled services are provided by someone other than a nurse or CNA
Personal care services may take different forms, such as completing a task for someone, supervising someone to ensure a task is performed safely, showing someone how to complete a task, or reminding or cueing someone to complete a task. There are 17 personal care tasks included in this benefit. Members who qualify for the benefit and meet the medical necessity for these services, can receive support with any of these 17 tasks. These services are not intended for providing respite.
According to the federal rules, an adult who is legally responsible for a dependent individual is not allowed to get paid by Medicaid for providing personal care services to that individual. This means that parents, spouses, and other legally responsible adults cannot be reimbursed for providing personal care services to their own children, spouses, or otherwise dependent individuals. However, client referred employees can apply to work as a personal care worker to provide support for a specific child. This may be a grandparent, aunt/uncle, older sibling, enven a trusted friend or neighbor.
Personal Care Workers must be 18 years of age or older. PASCO requires new employees to attend training in the following areas before working as a Pediatric Personal Care Worker:
For additional detail and information, read the full benefits standard here.