Help with tasks and activities related to personal care such as bathing, dressing, and feeding. Under certain circumstances, medicare (on a temporary basis only) and some medicaid programs pay for a personal care assistant in the home. Such an assistant should be affiliated with an organization that provides personal care and other services, such as home health care or hospice. Some states require that such service providers be certified or registered; many do not. It is important to obtain and verify references and other relevant credentials when hiring a personal assistance agency or individual. Personal care assistance can help the person with Parkinson’s retain independence and can provide relief for caregivers.