Most people require more advanced and concentrated care as they grow older, whether in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or our own homes.
The care required as people age can be difficult enough to manage without the additional self-consciousness of introducing a series of strangers into their lives to provide health care.
Today, fewer people 65 and older use nursing homes and similar facilities – less than 4%. That means more of the care they receive is being provided in their homes.
Many are using the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) and making the loved ones who care for them their formal, official, and paid home health aides.
What is CDPAP?
CDPAP gives consumers the freedom to choose their caregivers or home care aides, compensates caregivers for their hard and attentive work, and mitigates the insecurity of using unfamiliar professionals from a home health care agency.
As the name of the program indicates, it gives consumers greater freedom in making vital and lasting healthcare decisions.
CDPAP is entirely covered by Medicaid and creates no additional expense for the consumer. The most outstanding value CDPAP offers is that it allows home health aides to choose from family members, friends, neighbors, or others who may already be doing caregiving work. CDPAP provides training for the selected home health aide once you’ve completed a CDPAP application.
Your Family Caregiver Can Be Your Home Health Aide
The greatest advantage of CDPAP is that a consumer’s home health aide can be a familiar and trusted family member or friend who understands their health, lifestyle, and needs.
Many consumers use the program to designate a family member who has already been doing caretaking work without compensation or support. Others use the program to choose a professional home health aide they would otherwise have to hire privately.
Exceptions exist on who can be a CDPAP provider; you can learn more about those during the CDPAP application process.
Home Health Aides vs. CDPAP Providers/Caregivers
Using a CDPAP provider has advantages beyond familiarity and intimacy. CDPAP providers don’t encounter the limits that many home health aides face. Including restrictions on administering medications.
And these providers are more likely to remain with a consumer for much longer than home health aides, who necessarily turn over regularly.
In many cases, CDPAP attendants spend much more time with consumers using the program. They can better identify health and lifestyle changes and other signs of risk much earlier than a home health aide would, resulting in better health outcomes, fewer emergent situations, and fewer visits to hospitals and other providers.
Medicaid Entirely covers CDPAP
The CDPAP application will go into greater detail about how CDPAP providers are compensated, but it is completely funded by Medicaid and creates no extra cost for the consumer.
Being eligible for Medicaid and having an indemonstrable need for home health care are all that are required for participation in the program and full access to its benefits.
Who is Eligible for CDPAP and How to Apply
The CDPAP application process is streamlined and intuitive and aims to distribute the program’s benefits to eligible consumers.
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