What are Personal Care Services (PCS)?

What are Personal Care Services (PCS)?

Personal Care Services (PCS) is a Medicaid benefit to help clients with everyday tasks. These tasks are called activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs).

Examples of ADLs are:

  • Bathing
  • Eating
  • Going to the toilet
  • Dressing
  • Walking

Examples of IADLs are:

  • Laundry
  • Light housework
  • Fixing meals

To get PCS, a patient must:

  • Be 0 years to 20 years and receive Medicaid.
  • Have a disability, physical or mental illness, or a health problem that lasts for a long time.
  • Have a reason why his or her guardian cannot help with ADLs and IADLs.
  • Have a Practitioner Statement of Need signed by a practitioner (physician, advanced practice nurse, or physician assistant) who has examined the patient in the last 12 months.
  • Need help with ADLs and IADLs based on the Personal Care Assessment Form (PCAF).

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