Facility Operations

Temporary COVID-19 Personal Care Attendant Program

*AHCA Extends PCA Program Through July 31 

The Agency for Health Care Administration has approved skilled nursing facilities (Chapter 400. FS) to temporarily use Personal Care Attendants (PCA) to perform resident care procedures currently delivered by Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA). The goal is to provide nursing centers with additional staff to care for residents during State of Emergency and to train new workers to obtain skills necessary to become a CNA. The Temporary COVID-19 Personal Care Attendant Program is an 8-Hour Preservice Course (5-Hour Classroom and 3-Hour Simulation/Competency Check-Off) with continued on-the-job training. The program is effective March 28 through July 31, 2020, or until such time AHCA finds it necessary to extend or discontinue program to meet needs of crisis.

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FHCA Webinar on Temporary COVID-19 Personal Care Attendant Program

Kim Broom, FHCA Director of Clinical & Regulatory Affairs, provided an overview of the Temporary COVID-19 Personal Care Attendant Program to prepare nursing center providers for creating and implementing the program, with guidance offered on the training standards and required areas of instruction/competency. Suggestions were also provided on how to transition the PCA into a CNA when the Emergency Order is over.

Temporary COVID-19 Personal Care Attendant Program Training Materials