Personal Attendant Services
Legacy’s PAS program is a person-to-person service plan that is designed to assist people with disabilities or illness perform daily living tasks. Traditionally, these services have focused on health care and activities of daily living. Activities of daily living include: cooking, cleaning, bathing, grooming, letter writing, walking, phone calls etc.
Not only does the State of Texas consider it to be more economical but also it allows the client to remain in their familiar surroundings. Statistically, the client’s opportunities for healing are greater at home.
The Department of Human Services directs this program. Basically if you qualify for the state Medicaid Program you are qualified for this service. The program is designed to offer support to persons who have functional limitations and minimal family and social involvement. Providers may accompany a client to their doctor’s visits, remind them to take medications, provide light housekeeping, shopping and meal preparation. They may also assist in bathing and dressing. Please call us at 800-874-5112 with any question you may have.
Legacy Provider Program Quality of Life & Controlling Cost
- Saving Money for families, caregivers, clients served and the medical community as a whole, research shows that over 70% of a person’s medical expenses are paid out in the last two years of life.
- Research also shows that poor self-care and/or limited social resources increase medical expenses.
- Providers who have a financial risk are tired of paying unnecessary costs because a member doesn’t know how or refuses to take proper care of their health.
What is the Key? “Disease Management”
Disease Management gives patients and caregivers a better quality of life and saves money. Patient and caregiver education allows patients to take better care of themselves creating less of a financial burden on the health care system.
Our provider program goals include:
- Improving patient health and compliance
- Avoiding costly complications
- Reduce medical costs
- Support clients and family self–management
- Saves patients and families money
- Encourages self–care
- Provides quality of life
- Self–Care means less reliance on others, particularly medical professionals
- Patient Supervision…to prevent wandering
- Toileting reminders…to eliminate potential accidents
- Meal preparation…to maintain nutrition & prevent kitchen accidents
- Social stimulation…to combat loneliness/depression
- Assistance with painful tasks (driving, bathing, dressing, housekeeping)
- Applying ice packs or heating pads to relieve localized pain
- Apply proper transferring techniques to prevent further joint damage
- Meal preparation and diet modification to prevent weight gain (which stresses joints)
- Post chemotherapy/radiation therapy support and assistance
- Meal preparation and nutrition encouragement to increase energy levels
- Social support and activities to divert negative feelings
- Assistance with exercise regimen to reduce depression and anxiety while increasing energy
- Management of Daily Activities at onset of fatigue to best conserve energy
- Preparation of diabetic-friendly meals
- Monitoring condition of the skin and lower extremities to prevent skin breakdown, ulcers and related injuries
- Ensure proper oral hygiene to prevent gum disease common to diabetics
- Increase patient compliance with dietary and/or lifestyle changes
- Supervise prescribed exercise/physical therapy activities
- Ensure proper supervision and act in the event of an emergency
- General assistance and ADL support during an exacerbation period
- Social stimulation to combat depression
- Transferring assistance to prevent falls and injuries
- Gait supervision and assistance to prevent falls resulting in possible fractures
- Assistance with weight-bearing exercises to increase bone mineral density and maintain proper body alignment
- Social support and activities to divert their attention
- Gait supervision to prevent falls
- Light housekeeping to remove potentially dangerous obstacles
- Assistance with feeding during tremor episodes
- Specialized meal preparation (ie. Puree) when swallowing is difficult
- Offering fluids for thirst relief caused by Parkinson’s medications
- Transfer assist for patients with paralysis
- Emotional support for labile patients
- Support with feedings for clients with difficulty swallowing
- Mobility assistance/supervision to prevent falls