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Personal Supports

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Description

Personal supports services provide assistance and training to the recipient in activities of daily living, such as eating, bathing, dressing, personal hygiene, and preparation of meals. When specified in the support plan, this service can also include heavy household chores to make the home safer, such as washing floors, windows and walls; tacking down loose rugs and tiles; or moving heavy items or furniture. Services also include non-medical care, and supervision. This service can provide access to community-based activities that cannot be provided by natural or unpaid community supports and are likely to result in an increased ability to access community resources without paid support.  
 
Personal supports are designed to encourage community integration. Personal supports in supported living are also designated to teach the recipient about home-related responsibilities.  
 
This service can also include respite services to a recipient age 21 years or older living in their family home. Respite services provide relief to the caregiver and is incorporated into the personal support service. The provider, to the extent properly qualified and licensed, assists in maintaining a recipient’s own home and property as a clean, sanitary and safe environment.  
 
This service is provided in support of a goal included the support plan or an identified need to support or maintain basic health and safety and is not purely diversional in nature.

Who Can Receive 

Personal supports for individuals in the family home are limited to adults 21 years or older. Personal supports can be provided to recipients age 18 years or older who are in a supported living situation or living in their own home.

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Place of Service 

Personal supports are provided in the recipient’s own home, family home, licensed residential facility if being used as respite, or when or engaged in a community activity. Personal supports can also be provided at the recipient’s place of employment. No service can be provided or received in the provider’s home, the home of a relative or friend of the provider, a hospital, an ICF/IID or other institutional environment. 
 
If renting, the name of the recipient receiving personal supports services must appear on the lease either singularly, with a roommate, or a guarantor. If the recipient has a legal guardian, the legal guardian's name may appear on the lease with the recipient. 
 
Personal supports services rendered by a provider or an employee of a provider who is living in a recipient’s home must be billed at the daily rate for the service

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