Falling is the most significant cause of senior injuries and deaths. In 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 25% of Americans aged 65 and over fell each year, making falls one of the most significant causes of injury and death among seniors.
This can be significantly reduced with proper care and supervision. Different options are available for those looking for long-term help for their aging loved ones.
The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) is a Medicaid-funded alternative that gives you the power to choose. Anyone who meets the program’s eligibility requirements can choose a trusted family member or friend to offer home care services. Even better, the caregiver does not require any prior experience and will be compensated for their efforts. Let’s look at the benefits of the CDPAP program over other long-term options.
While traditional health aides are fantastic, they are overseen by an organization. Some patients may feel out of control of their situation under this arrangement. With CDPAP, the patient selects the caregiver and the services they require. Additionally, the caregiver is solely theirs, as they don’t have other patients. If something needs to be changed down the road, the power is in the hands of the patient.
The Freedom to Choose
One of the most notable advantages of the CDPAP program is that elders may pick who will give their care. The freedom to choose a trusted family member or friend as an assistant is essential for folks who may not be comfortable meeting or living with someone new. Any patient and caregiver will form a relationship. Still, if that link is already established, the transition to care will be much easier and less stressful.
Alternatives for Family Caregivers
When a senior becomes unwell or cannot care for themselves, other family members will step in to help. This is done without remuneration or compensation, yet it may cost them time away from their job or limit their employment options. CDPAP alleviates that financial stress by compensating them for their work. It’s the perfect combination: reliable care for the patient and a stable income for the caregiver.
The CDPAP Program requires forms and a Fiscal Intermediary like Special Touch Home Care to get started. It might be intimidating to get started, but this is where home health agencies step in. You will be guided through the procedure and handled by those who have chosen to support the CDPAP initiative. Everything will be taken care of, and you’ll be up and running. If you’re interested in taking advantage of the CDPAP program, fill out the form below for a free consultation.
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