In-Home Support Services

Losing your independence can be a great fear and asking for assistance often does not come easily. Our goal is to help you maintain your independence. You decide whom you want to hire and you train them to do things your way without agency control! You remain in your home, doing the things you love to do, with a little care and help from your chosen in-home assistance.

We approach in-home assistant services from the standpoint of having “been there”. With the right information and a little assistance, we know you can manage your own services. Our experience with disability and other health-related conditions will help you succeed.

A few of the services assistants can provide:

  • Meal Preparation
  • Dress/Hygiene Assistance
  • Medication Reminders
  • Housekeeping
  • Companionship
  • Transportation

The connection of our PAS to the other DAC IL services helps ensure your success.

1st Choice PAS Program Options:

No place like home FB

Self-Direct Care: you handle everything about your care except paying the assistant.
Traditional Care: you have the freedom to choose the things you feel comfortable with and leave the rest to DAC.

You are in charge.

You are in charge. You will be able to freely select, manage, and if necessary, dismiss your personal assistant according to your wants, not someone else’s!

1st Choice PAS provides: management of all payroll, taxes, and Worker’s Compensation Insurance. DAC has a registry of trained assistants to choose from or you can choose to find your own. DAC provides ongoing assistant training and any support you need to be a successful employer. Our organization is a non-profit corporation. As a result, we pay higher wages to your assistants. Higher wages mean you keep good assistants longer.

Disabled Seniors Hotline: 509-960-7281

Emergency Caregiver Respite:


ECR is a respite care program designed to assist 24/7 family caregivers. Through ECR any caregiver providing 24/7 care to any person of any age (child, adult or elder) is eligible to apply for funding.


  • Respite care is an intermittent period of relief for primary caregivers so that s/he may take a break from the continual responsibilities of caregiving. ECR is a short-term period of relief when there is an unforeseen emergency or crisis or there is trauma or increased family stress.
  • An emergency is an urgent or unforeseen event such as a funeral, need for medical attention, or severe emotional distress, which results in the immediate or unavoidable absence of the primary caregiver or back up caregivers from the home where care is provided.
  • To obtain ECR funds, caregivers in an emergency situation, and/or agency staff assisting a caregiver, may apply for emergency respite care funds at Click on “Respite Care” and then “Emergency Caregiver Respite” to complete an on-line application form, or print a form to email or fax. Caregivers or agency staff can also call the Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (Federation of Families) at (208) 433-8845 or 1-800-905-3436 to initiate the application process.
  • Caregivers are responsible for identifying their choice of respite care provider. The respite provider can be a family member, trusted friend or an agency providing in-home or temporary residential care. The Federation of Families, 211 CareLine, or your local Center for Independent Living can assist you in finding a respite provider. Click on the Center for Independent Living link at for local contact information or call 1-800-487-4866.
  • ECR is a collaborative project of the Idaho Commission on Aging, the Idaho Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, and the Idaho Caregivers Alliance. More detailed information regarding eligibility, emergency criteria, additional resources and the application can be found at: or by contacting the Idaho Federation of Families at: (208) 433-8845 or 1-800-905-3436.