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Our parents and grandparents have dedicated their lives to watching over us, but the time eventually comes when that dynamic changes and we must look out for them.


When deciding how their well-being will be best supported as they age, it is important to understand their preferences. With only 4% of seniors living in nursing homes, and 2% in assisted living facilities, staying at home is clearly a priority for many. This makes home care an attractive option.

Special Touch Home Care is an agency that, for 40 years, has been providing home care services to New York City and surrounding areas. Much of that work has involved sending trained aides to patients who require home care, but there is a recent program – offering unique benefits – that many people don’t know about.

The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) is an option that allows the consumer to select their own caregiver, including a family member or close friend. Even better, the caregiver who is selected will be paid by Medicaid for their work. Keep reading to learn more.

What Exactly Is CDPAP?

CDPAP is a program that provides an alternative to traditional home health aides. CDPAP allows the consumer to have control over the care they receive by deciding what care is needed and who will provide it. By allowing them to stay at home and receive support from someone they already know and trust, CDPAP offers possibly the most comfortable home care option available.

Who Can Become a Caregiver?

CDPAP allows for a wide range of people to serve as caregivers, but there are a few restrictions to keep in mind. A caregiver will need to be at least 18 years of age, and cannot be legally responsible for the patient. That means that spouses and parents are not eligible. Other than that, the only other requirement is that the candidate be legally able to work in the United States. Anyone who qualifies, with these rules in mind, can be enlisted and paid under the terms of CDPAP.

How Do You Apply?

Any senior is eligible for CDPAP if: they are a New York resident, they have Medicaid, and they are in stable medical condition. At any time, you may request a free consultation with our team at Special Touch to verify your eligibility and begin the application.

Getting the best home care for your aging relative is important, and CDPAP may be the option that works best for your family. It allows your loved one to receive the care they deserve from someone they trust.

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