Temporary COVID-19 Personal Care Attendant Program
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 has been extended to correspond with Executive Order 20-52 (extended through November 2, 2020), or until such time AHCA finds it necessary to extend or discontinue program to meet needs of crisis.
Click here for details on the individual requirements, training standards and required areas of instruction/competency.
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
FHCA Florida Hearts & Hands Program
Promoting the Personal Care Attendant Program Across Florida
Post a PCA Job
- If your nursing center is looking to hire Personal Care Attendants, click here to post your openings on FHCA's Job Board (FHCA Member Portal login credentials required).
- Search candidates who have expressed interest in PCA Jobs by clicking here.
Find a PCA Job
- Access FHCA's Florida Hearts & Hands Program web page for more information about the Personal Care Attendant Program and to connect to job openings in nursing centers in their area.