How to Apply to the CDPAP Program

Approximately 47 million senior citizens live in the United States – around 14.5% of the population. Some of them can continue living without assistance, but many do, and the rest will likely reach that point.

Senior woman in wheelchair getting help with the cdpap program at home

Those who elect to receive that support in-home have several options, including CDPAP. The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program allows senior citizens to hire someone they already know to provide their care. As a Medicaid-funded program, caregivers will be paid for their services.

However, with all those benefits comes the application process and associated paperwork.

How Do You Fill Out the CDPAP Application?

First, you must ensure you meet the program’s minimum requirements. Since Medicaid funds it, you need to be a member. You must need assistance with daily living activities. You also must have the cognitive awareness required to make decisions regarding your care (or a designated agent who can do so for you).

Your doctor will need to fill out a physician’s order for services. Then an assessment will be made regarding your social and nursing needs. Once approved into the program, you need to designate your caregiver, determine the services they will provide, arrange any necessary training, and track their visits.

The paperwork involved can seem daunting, but support can be found in agencies like Special Touch, which New York State has approved to provide CDPAP assistance.

Arranging for care should be planned as early as possible, as it’s not something that should be left to the last minute. While the effort is needed to establish a plan, you don’t need to go at it alone.

Speak to your doctor, of course, but also reach out to an agency ready to guide you along your path. It will make the process quicker and easier, getting you the care you need as soon as possible.

couple embracing after receiving in-home care and cdpap


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