Consumer Directed Services (CDS)

Personal Care Attendants

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We are your ONLY local non-profit CDS provider. We invest back into the local community. Over half of our staff experiences a disability of their own.

Our CDS program allows individuals to take charge of their own personal care needs.  We administer employer paperwork and payroll, so you can hire the caregiver of your choice.

If your plan permits, a personal care attendant can help you with household chores, meals, hygiene needs, and transportation for shopping and errands. The Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) determines eligibility and the number of hours per week allowed.

Why should you choose our program?

You can choose, hire and supervise your own caregiver, including a family member or friend (spouses are not eligible) as long as they are at least 18 years old and can pass a background check.

Participation in L.I.F.E. INC.’s CDS program may make you eligible for the Center’s other support services for independent living as well, including ramps, medical equipment, etc.

To be on our program, you must:
  • have a physical disability
  • have active Medicaid
  • be 18 years or older
  • be able to take charge of your own care



Angie Claywell

Intake Coordinator

(573) 756-4314, ext. 80

or (800) 596-7273, ext. 80

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