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What does "personal services" mean?

Excerpted from "Social Security Handbook". See the up-to-date, official Social Security Handbook at

314. What does "personal services" mean?

You are considered to be performing "personal services" for a child age 16 and over when:

  1. You perform services regularly; and

  2. The services you perform for the child are in addition to any routine household services normally done by you or any other adult in the household.

Examples of personal services:

  • You provide nursing care;

  • You feed or dress a physically disabled child;

  • You direct or supervise the activities of a physically disabled child who is unable to mange funds or can do so only with help and guidance; and

  • Your presence is required by the nature of the child's disability, e.g., epilepsy.

Last Revised: March, 2001

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