A Personal Care Assistant helps a man move from his bed to his wheelchair.

PAS: ABIL’s Personal Care Program

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PAS
ABIL’s Personal Care Program :
A Smart Choice for Consumers

Photo by Loren Worthington

ABIL’s Personal Assistance Services (PAS) program has been providing nationally-recognized, quality in-home and community-based care to seniors and people with disabilities for 30 years. ABIL has an exceptional reputation in the community for being committed to proving consumers with peace of mind and individualized care by well-trained staff members who are caring, honest and reliable. Personal Assistance Services values the whole person and empowers people to live as independently as possible. Services include: Personal Care; Homemaking; Respite; and Companionship.

ABIL’s PAS program employs more than 2,200 personal care assistants (PCAs). Despite our being the largest provider of in-home care, ABIL maintains its “small town” approach while providing individualized and personal service.

The PAS program completes an initial home visit to ensure a complete understanding of a consumer’s needs and refers a PCA that has the skill, knowledge and ability to perform the duties. Consumers may choose to interview and select the PCA prior to him/her providing service to ensure they both feel comfortable with each other.

Personal Assistance Services recruits, screens, trains and employs personal care assistants who provide services to seniors or people with physical disabilities who are qualified through the Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS) and have selected United Health Care Community Plan, Mercy Care Plan, or Bridgeway Health Solutions, as well as Native Americans who are qualified and receiving services through AHCCCS/ALTCS and the Native American Community Health Centers. ABIL also provides personal care assistance to persons with developmental disabilities through the Arizona Department of Economic Security’s Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD).

For consumers who are not receiving services through any of the above-listed agencies, ABIL’s PAS program offers them the ability to obtain a personal care assistant by paying for those services themselves. Because we are a consumer-driven organization, we strive to maintain a reasonable rate.
ABIL’s Personal Assistance Services program values our Personal Care Assistants by offering training at no charge, health coverage, paid vacation, a retirement plan, an exceptional wage, employee recognition, advancement opportunities, and the opportunity to work with a respected provider of personal care services. Apply at www.abil.org.

For more details, visit abil.org or call:
Maricopa County: 602-296-0502
Pinal County: 520-316-4305
Pima County: 520-561-8861

From Gwen Dean
Vice President of Personal Assistance Services, ABIL

Providing in-home care is not just assisting an individual with a bath, preparing a meal or doing the laundry. It’s a professional bond between two people where respect, trust and friendship are developed.

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I recently received a letter from one of our consumers, which I would like to share with you.

“Please accept this nomination for the Employee of the Month for our caregiver Teresa. Teresa works for me, an 82-year-old woman in a power wheelchair, and my son, who is disabled and blind from a massive brain trauma.
Teresa has worked for us for the past 8 years and will be loved, trusted and admired forever. We know God gave us Teresa to be a part of this family. I call her ‘MY DAUGHTER’.
Please award her the caregiver of the month for the many, many hours, months and years she has given Mike and I. We needed her and she has provided all our needs. She cares for us with LOVE.
God BLESS HER!” ~Alice

I have managed the ABIL Personal Assistance Services program for over twenty-five years, and it’s been my commitment to never lose sight of why we provide this service.