This program is a nontechnical, medically related personal care service provided to adults whose health problems cause them to be functionally limited in performing activities of daily living, according to a statement of medical need. PHC provider agencies also provide Family Care services. This service also is a nonskilled, nontechnical service provided to eligible clients who are functionally limited in performing daily activities.


  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Exercise
  • Feeding/eating
  • Grooming/Shaving/Oral Care
  • Routine Hair/Skin Care
  • Toileting
  • Transfer
  • Walking/Ambulation
  • Cleaning
  • Laundry
  • Meal Preparation
  • Escort
  • Shopping
  • Assist with Self-Administered Medication

Provider Services

Personal Care Services (PCS)

What is Personal Care Services?

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

Examples of ADLs

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

Examples of IADLs

  • Laundry
  • Light housework
  • Fixing meals 

To get PCS, you must:

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

For more information, or for questions about the PCS benefit, call the Texas Medicaid & Healthcare Partnership (TMHP) PCS Client Line toll free at 1-888-276-0702, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Phone: 512-865-4080 | Fax: 512-861-6259​​ |​

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