HELPING HANDS serves clients for Personal Care Assistance throughout Eastern, Central and Southern Maine, with offices in Lewiston and Winslow.
HELPING HANDS has been recognized by the Maine Department of Health & Human Services as the first agency to develop an approved PCA/PSS training program in 1994.
HELPING HANDS dedicates itself to a full range of services to meet the needs of clients.
HELPING HANDS works directly with consumers and intermediaries to develop personalized plans of care.
One hour per month or 24 hours a day coverage, HELPING HANDS provides the type of care needed to provide personal attention, service and peace of mind.
Types of service available through HELPING HANDS include:
Personal Care Assistance
To assist with bathing, dressing, grooming, skin care and personal hygiene.
To assist with household duties, which may include shopping and meal preparation, routine household cleaning and laundry.
To provide transportation to medical appointments, beauty shops, as well as shopping, groceries and banking.
Companionship & Respite
To provide help with reading, writing letters, playing games or just quiet company. Respite care can also aid other caregivers with needed time off.
What is a Personal Care Attendant (PCA)/Personal Support Specialist (PSS)?
Personal Support Specialists and Personal Care Attendants are trained to respond to the specialized needs of clients. A PCA/PSS assists clients with the activities of daily living. Some of these functions we may take for granted, however, other members of our community need a ‘Helping Hand’ to maintain an acceptable home environment.
A PCA/PSS can help clients tremendously with some of the following everyday tasks:
Getting in and out of bed, a wheelchair or vehicle.
Meal planning, preparation and feeding.
Assistance with various household tasks.
Escorted transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping, banking, etc.
Assist with personal care, such as bathing and personal hygiene.
Many people advertise privately to do PCA/PSS work, but HELPING HANDS employees have attended a training course approved by the State of Maine Department of Education and are Certified as a PCA/PSS or have obtained equivalent or greater training. HELPING HANDS makes sure that the PCA/PSS has these skills and the competency to best perform the tasks necessary to assist those clients in need. A qualified Agency also eliminates the concerns of Payroll, Workers Compensation Insurance, Liability Insurance, Fidelity Bonds and IRS paperwork requirements.