June 26, 2020

Do you provide personal assistance services to rural people with disabilities? We want to hear your story!

PAS workers in Alaska, Arizona, and Montana: share your experiences

A caregiver helps a person with physical disabilities eat.
From Healthy Community Living (www.healthycommunityliving.com).

RTC:Rural is partnering with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Health Workforce Research Center on Long-Term Care to identify the supports needed for personal assistance services (PAS) workers (also known as personal care attendants, or PCAs) in underserved rural communities.

To help better understand PAS worker experiences, the Rural Personal Assistance Worker Project Team is recruiting PAS workers in Alaska, Arizona, and Montana to take pictures of their daily work experiences.

PAS workers are critical to the well-being of people with disabilities. Currently, we are experiencing serious shortages of personal assistance workers in rural communities. Understanding the experiences of PAS workers is important in improving our understanding of how to support the important work they do.

A picture is worth a thousand words (but we want your words, too!)

If PAS workers decide to join the team, they will:

  • Take photographs documenting their experiences in their work
  • Meet with the team to discuss their photos and document their perspectives
  • Review and provide feedback on project results
  • Get compensated $50 for their time (4 hours total, spread over 4 weeks).

Participants will have the opportunity to review and approve the information they share before it is shared as part of the final project.

Contact information

For more information or to sign up, contact Rayna Sage: