Today, there’s a new wave sweeping the world of home care, and it’s called the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program. This program, known as CDPAP for short, is a Medicaid program that provides home care services to disabled or ill individuals who need intensive care and attention in the comfort of their homes.
What makes the program unique, however, is that it allows patients to choose their caregivers, to select a friend or family member, if they wish, and to secure payment for that caregiver.
Available to people in New York who meet the qualifications of the program, CDPAP can revolutionize home care forever. Here’s how:
In standard home care, a patient has little to no say regarding who their caregiver is. While some patient/caregiver relationships work well from the get-go, others are rocky and lead to patients feeling uncomfortable in their homes. Unfortunately, patients in this situation can’t typically fire their caregiver, or opt to bring someone else in, instead.
With CDPAP, this is different. By allowing patients to choose, hire, train, and terminate their caregivers at will, the program puts control over in-home care back where it belongs: into the patient’s hands.
In many cases, a patient is uncomfortable with the idea of hiring a stranger to act as an in-home care aide, and would rather work with a close friend or family member. CDPAP allows for the appointment of loved ones to family care positions, and provides resources for training, onboarding, and paying them.
While friends and family members have always performed the difficult and demanding service of acting as home care aides for their loved ones, many do so without pay or compensation. According to the 2015 “Caregiving in the U.S.” report, 43.5 million adults provide unpaid care for friends or family members on an annual basis. 85% of unpaid caregivers are caring for a relative, and nearly all high-hour caregivers are caring for a spouse or partner.
While most unpaid caregivers feel a deep need to care for their loved ones, the financial burden of the task can be crushing. With CDPAP, however, family caregivers can secure compensation for their work, making the burden of caregiving more bearable for everyone involved.
Under CDPAP, people who have never worked as caregivers can train and get certified for free, and then go to work under CDPAP. This allows even people with no medical or caregiving background to step up to the critically important role of caring for their loved ones and family members.
If a patient hires a caregiver they’re not happy with, CDPAP allows the patient to terminate that caregiver and appoint another as they see fit. This can help make caregiving safer and more comfortable for patients, and mutually beneficial for caregivers, as well.
No two people are the same, which certainly means that no two in-home care plans should be the same. Under CDPAP, patients have the benefit of being able to access highly individualized care that meets their unique needs. This results in higher-quality care, closer patient-caregiver relationships, and an enhanced sense of dignity for the patient.
Under CDPAP, patients don’t have to worry about managing payroll or ensuring their assistants get a check each week. Instead, CDPAP enrolls elected caregivers into their system and pays them on behalf of the patient. This removes troublesome paperwork from the patient’s life and ensures the hardworking caregiver gets the compensation he or she is entitled to on a regular basis.
As a patient ages, his or her needs will likely change. This may mean that their selection of caregiver will, as well. Under CDPAP, patients have an incredible level of flexibility and choice regarding their caregivers. This allows patients to scale their level of care up or down according to their ongoing needs, and to ensure that the caregiver they have at any given moment is the one they require.
If a patient is receiving care under CDPAP and becomes unable to make decisions regarding his or her care any longer, CDPAP allows a designated relative or named adult to step in and make care choices on the patient’s behalf. This keeps the care choices within the family and allows the patient and the people closest to him or her to make ongoing decisions regarding support and care.
While it might seem like a program such as CDPAP would be difficult to access, this one is quite easy to become a part of. To access services under CDPAP, a person must be eligible for Medicaid services in the state of New York.
Assuming those criteria are met, the person must acquire a Physician’s Order for Services to the local services district. The district will then request a nursing and social assessment designed to gauge a patient’s ability to participate in CDPAP and to recommend the duration, frequency, and amount of services.
Once all those boxes are checked, the patient is free to elect his or her caregiver and secure training and pay for them under CDPAP.
While fewer people are familiar with CDPAP than are familiar with traditional home care, CDPAP is revolutionizing the way people age and access care in their areas. Ideal for anyone who wants more control over his or her caregivers, wants to secure pay for family caregivers, or feels the need to access flexible care options according to ongoing needs, CDPAP is a unique program that puts control over in-home care back into the hands of patients throughout New York State.