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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.

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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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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