Nevada’s Personal Assistance Services (PAS) Program is designed to help severely disabled adults, regardless of age, by providing services to them in their homes with the larger goal of preventing unnecessary nursing home placements. Beneficiaries are provided with personal care, assistance with the activities of daily living and non-personal care or “homemaker” services in and around their homes.
This program is under the administration of the Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division (ADSD), which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services. Funding is dependent on availability and is contingent on the specific needs of each individual.
PAS eligibility is comprised of four factors: age, residency, functional ability, and financial criteria
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
Applicants must be legal, Nevada residents. Length of residency is not a factor.
Applicants must have a diagnosed physical disability that requires them to receive care to continue living at home. This must be due to limited ability to complete their activities of daily living such as eating, bathing, and grooming. Recipients must require less than 35 hours of care per week, and must be capable of supervising their caregiver.
The primary benefit of PAS is up to 35 hours a week of attendant care, also referred to as personal care or assistance with the Activities of Daily Living (ADL). ADLs include mobility, toiletry, eating, grooming, and dressing.
Additionally, the program provides homemaker services, which includes activities such as meal preparation, laundry and housekeeping, and shopping for food and prescriptions. Finally, case management services are provided. These can best be described as help discovering and applying for other forms of assistance. Short-term respite is also available to give a family caregiver a break from caregiving duties.
Payment for attendant care is based on a sliding scale dependent on the applicant’s income and need.
To begin the application process, Nevada residents should contact their regional Aging and Disability Services Division (ADSD) office. An application can be downloaded here. Applicants must be prepared to share financial information, including income, investments and asset levels during the application process. A social worker evaluates an applicant’s need and helps with the PAS application. In-home visits to assess needs typically happen within the month following a new request.
This program is not an entitlement. Services are based on the availability of funding.
Nevada’s Department of Health & Human Services, Aging and Disability Services Division website offer some limited information about this program.