About Personal Care Workers and the Listing
What is a Personal Care Worker?
In South Carolina, Personal Care Workers (PCWs) include attendants, companions, and respite providers. They are hired by and work directly for individuals, not for agencies.
What do Personal Care Workers do?
Personal Care Workers help seniors and people with disabilities with tasks they are not able to do themselves. This allows the individuals to lead more independent lives.
PCWs may assist with:
- Transferring in and out of a wheelchair
- Preparing meals
- Doing household chores
- Assisting with communication
- Taking prescribed medications
- Short-term relief for caregivers and supervision
- Other tasks as agreed
What makes a good Personal Care Worker?
PCWs understand what needs to be done and provide services in a gentle and respectful manner. They are reliable, patient, and believe that people with disabilities and seniors are entitled to the same care, respect, and affection as everyone else.
PCWs are good listeners. They're open-minded, flexible, and have a pleasant personality. They treat people the way they want to be treated.
What general qualifications do Personal Care Workers have?
Personal Care Workers in South Carolina have a variety of training and credentials.
What qualifications do Medicaid-approved Personal Care Workers have?
Some PCWs work for individuals who can use Medicaid to pay for the services. Before Medicaid will pay, however, it requires PCWs to meet certain qualifications:
- Are able to read, write, and speak English;
- Are at least 18 years of age;
- Are fully ambulatory;
- Are capable of aiding in the activities of daily living, such as feeding, bathing, dressing, transferring, and toileting. Physically capable of performing duties which may require physical exertion such as lifting, transferring, etc. if necessary (applies to attendants, personal assistants);
- Are capable of providing short-term relief for caregivers and supervision of individuals (applies to companions, personal assistants);
- Are capable of following a plan of care with the individual's and/or their responsible party's supervision;
- Are capable of following billing procedures and completing required paperwork;
- Have no known conviction of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of adults or of children, no known conviction for any crime against another person, no known felony conviction of any kind, and/or no known conviction of any kind concerning the misuse or abuse of any public assistance program;
- Have no exclusion from the Medicare or Medicaid programs;
- Submit the results of a PPD tuberculin (TB) skin test administered within one year prior to Medicaid provider enrollment date (applies to attendants and companions); and
To learn more about using your Medicaid benefits to pay for a PCW or to enroll as a Medicaid-approved PCW, contact your local Long Term Care office.
The Personal Care Worker Listing is a joint project of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Lt. Governor's Office on Aging. It is designed to help seniors and people with disabilities find Personal Care Workers.
Who is listed?
Listed PCWs are individuals who are available to be hired by individuals. The PCWs filled out registration forms and gave permission for them to be made available on the Web site. Most areas of the state are represented.
I want to hire a PCW. What do I need to know about the Listing?
- Participation in the Listing is voluntary.
- The information in the Listing is intended to help you find a Personal Care Worker but should not replace your normal hiring process.
- Information in the Listing was obtained directly from the PCWs and its accuracy cannot be assured. The PCWs have not been pre-screened for criminal history, verification of experience, or in any other way.
- The listing of the worker's information does not imply an endorsement by the Lt. Governor's Office on Aging or SC Access.
- It is your responsibility to interview applicants, check all references, and conduct criminal background checks before hiring.
- If you are a Medicaid recipient and enrolled in a Medicaid home- and community-based waiver which offers individual Personal Care Workers, you must ensure that the PCW is enrolled as a Medicaid provider.
I am a PCW. What do I need to know about the Listing?
- Participation in the Listing is voluntary.
- To be listed, simply download a registration form and follow the instructions on it.
- You can request that your entry on the Listing be removed at any time by contacting the Lt. Governor's Office on Aging.
- If you want to work for a Medicaid waiver recipient, you must enroll as a Medicaid provider. It is your responsibility to do so.