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New York City Resources to Support Aging in Place

There are a lot worse places to be a senior in than New York City. That’s because not only is it the city that never sleeps, it’s also the city that provides lots of support and resources for its elderly citizens who want to age in place. Here is a sampling of 8 NYC-area nonprofits and organizations that support aging in place with exceptional programs for seniors, educational resources, and community outreach. LiveOn NY is all about advocacy that champions the rights of older New Yorkers. The organization provides direct assistance, hosts workshops and an annual conference, and works with…

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How Are CDPAP Personal Assistants Different from Home Health Aides (HHAs)/Personal Care Aides (PCAs)?

If the time comes when an older person needs home health care assistance and help with daily activities, they might be apprehensive to let a stranger into their homes. One possible solution to that is the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP), which allows close family members or friends to be caregivers and get paid for it (keep in mind that this program is exclusive to Medicaid recipients). Naturally, there are requirements that must be met, but for those that do qualify, it can be a win-win solution for everyone. The caregiver, who might already be providing assistance, can now…

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Evolution of Home Health Care

Home health care is designed to improve the quality of life for clients when their health deteriorates or becomes compromised, and it is presently one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. Typically, home health care clients have a chronic condition or are elderly, disabled, or recovering from a surgery or illness, and they receive assistance with tasks such as personal care, light housekeeping, medical appointment escorts, and medication reminders. Home health care began in the early 19th century as a way for wealthy families to care for their loved ones, and today, over 7.5 million Americans receive…

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Complete Guide to Understanding the CDPAP Program

When it comes to in-home services for those who face challenges fully caring for themselves, there are a number of questions that arise and a variety of decisions to be made.  Typically, the decision is between two popular options, traditional home health aide services or the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP).  Many individuals elect for home health aide services, however not every family is comfortable with letting an outside entity, such as a home health aide, determine the quality of care that is right for their loved one. The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) eases this stress by…

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