Home Care Admission Policies

ACHIEVA Home Care provides supports to individuals of all ages with intellectual and physical disabilities. Referrals can be made by a family, guardian, supports coordinator, case manager or by the individual directly. Once a referral is submitted, the family, individual and/or guardian is responsible to complete a Family/Client Intake Assessment.

The family or guardian and/or individual will also sign an agreement authorizing ACHIEVA Home Care permission to convey care requirements to the home care professional.

This agreement will give permission to:

  • Allow caregivers to seek medical attention needed by their family member in the event of an emergency if no immediate family member is present
  • Allow family emergency contacts to assume care of the individual when the immediate caregiver is unavailable
  • Allow the transportation of the individual, either in the caregiver's car or the family car, to and from planned activities

The agreement also lists other areas, the family must understand and agree to, for program participation.

Our Caregivers

In any support, our caregivers are required to meet minimum state requirements and have at least one year personal or professional experience in working with individuals with disabilities. All candidates must secure satisfactory criminal and child abuse background checks, physical clearances, CPR, first aid, fire safety and other trainings listed in the individual's plan of care. ACHIEVA's trainings promote self-determination and everyday lives for individuals with disabilities to promote full inclusion as a community member.

Families as Caregivers

Families as Caregivers provide families the opportunity to hire their friends, relatives, neighbors and/or siblings to provide respite care and/or habilitative supports to their family member with special needs. In these situations, ACHIEVA Home Care becomes the managing employer and coordinates the hiring of the caregiver and maintains employer related tasks, payroll, worker's compensation, liability insurance, taxes, etc.

In addition, we ensure the employee meets all regulatory training requirements to provide supports. If you know someone who may be interested in providing supports to an individual with disabilities, please contact ACHIEVA.

Funding

Services are funded in a variety of ways. Primary funding streams include Federal/State Title XIX waiver services.

For individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), these can include, but are not limited to, Consolidated, Person/Family Directed Support (P/FDS), Autism and OBRA Waivers. In some counties, individuals with I/DD may qualify for county funding to support the cost of home care.

For individuals, birth through 21 with special healthcare needs who require a personal care attendant, funds are available through Medical Assistance as long as the support is prescribed and approved as medically necessary. Families also have the option of paying directly and ACHIEVA Home Care can bill other funding organizations such as school districts, trusts and community organizations.

For more information on funding options, please call (412) 995-5000 x505.

Service Areas and Referral Process

ACHIEVA Home Care provides supports in the following counties: Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland. Referrals can come directly from an individual, family or community support staff: i.e.: case managers, supports coordinators, etc.

For supports in Allegheny County, please call (412) 995-5000. In Westmoreland County, please call (724) 837-8159 x225. For other counties listed, please call (412) 995-5000 or email us.