Introduction to the PCA
Since 1977, the Private Care Association (PCA) has been committed to protecting for-profit caregiver registries through its active government relations program designed to present its position to public policymakers. As the only national voice for caregiver registries, the PCA continues to expand its membership in order to develop a greater capability for nationwide grassroots advocacy to promote our interests, the consumer-directed model of care and consumer choice.
Consumer-directed care is reinforced by a philosophical orientation that emphasizes the rights, within their abilities, of the elderly and people with disabilities to assess their own needs and make choices about what services would best meet those needs. The principle advantages of consumer-directed care are that it costs less, it allows consumers to individually select caregivers, provides greater continuity in caregiver relationships, more generously compensates the caregiver, and supports caregiver entrepreneurship.