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Special Touch Home Care is one of the most well-respected and longest-running home care providers in New York. We are recognized experts in traditional home health aide services and run one of the fastest growing CDPAP programs in the city.

Surviving the Sandwich Generation: Tips for Family Caregivers

Surviving the Sandwich Generation: Tips for Family Caregivers

Have you ever undertaken the feat of trying to push a stroller and a wheelchair at the same time? If so, then you are firmly a member of the “sandwich generation”— that is, an adult who is taking care of growing children and aging parents simultaneously. Of course, your situation might not be so dramatic, but it is probably chaotic as you juggle doctor’s appointments with work commitments, parent/teacher meetings and all the other facets of today’s busy schedules. Be assured you are not alone: A Pew Research study estimated that almost half of adults in their 40s and 50s…

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How to Choose the Right CDPAP Agency For You & Your Loved One

How to Choose the Right CDPAP Agency For You & Your Loved One

When the time is right to have a home health aide, many people are relieved to learn that they may be able to have their loved ones provide their needed services—and be paid for their time. That’s right, in New York an innovative Medicaid program called “CDPAP” or the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) offers recipients an alternative way to receive their home care services—in effect allowing them to “hire” family members, neighbors, or friends to assist them with caregiving tasks. These providers are then paid for their services. The situation is a win-win for you, the patient, because…

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Hiring a Home Health Aide (HHA): What You Should Know

Hiring a Home Health Aide (HHA): What You Should Know

Aging in place is still the preference of the vast majority of Americans—a whopping 80 percent, according to a 2014 survey by AARP. But the reality is that a large percentage of those homesteaders are likely to eventually require help in a number of areas—from assistance with some or all of their “activities of daily living” (ADLs), such as grooming and meal preparation, to companionship and emotional support. Many families turn to a home health care aide (HHA) to fulfill many of these roles.   What is a Home Health Care Aide? A home health care aide is trained to…

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The Best Family Caregiver Support Services in New York City

Being a caregiver is one of the most rewarding roles we can take on in our life—but it also brings its own set of stress and worries. In order to look after your loved one, friend or family member in the most effective way, it’s vital that you receive help, support and inspiration. If you’re based in New York City, you have access to a wide variety of support groups. Caregiver support takes many forms, such as counseling, respite care, and basic medical training. It can also include legal aid, transportation assistance, and even translation services. Here is a selection…

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The Importance of Communication in the CDPAP Program

If you’re choosing to sign up for the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP), either as someone who requires home care or as a personal assistant to a friend or family member, as you research agencies to partner with, ask about the communication procedures they have in place. Listen carefully to how they deal with you as a consumer. This is a program that is very human, and it requires a team of strong, skilled communicators at its heart. The CDPAP program offers a way for close friends and family members to be able to take care of their loved…

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What you should know about the Medicaid Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP)

Arranging reliable home care for a loved one can be a daunting task. Not only do you want to find the best possible care, you also need to navigate a complex set of rules and regulations from insurance companies, medical providers, and government agencies. One option—the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP)—offered by the state of New York enables patients to choose a friend or family member as their caregiver and use Medicaid funding to pay for their help. This is an alternative to traditional home health aide or home attendant service, and the patient or a family member (also…

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How to Become a CDPAP Paid Caregiver

The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) is a wonderful initiative in New York that allows patients to choose their own caregivers. They are able to hire friends or family members to help as caregivers, or “Personal Assistants”, and assist with the daily needs of their home care. In this way, family friends and loved ones—who would likely provide care regardless of the situation—gain the benefit of being paid for the valuable care that they’re providing, and the patient is able to work with someone they feel comfortable with in their own home. If you are interested in taking part…

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