The Pros and Cons of CDPAP

According to 2021 census data, approximately 54 million seniors live in the United States – and that number is expected to rise in the coming years.

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Many seniors struggle with day-to-day activities and have difficulty finding proper care. Suppose you or a loved one are struggling with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as personal hygiene, continence management, cooking, travel, or dressing. In that case, it may be time to consider home care.

Seniors without proper support face a real danger of accidents, injury, or even death.


CDPAP is supported by Medicaid and helps seniors who would benefit from home health care. Through the program, seniors have the unique benefit of selecting who they want to serve as their caregiver. Most seniors prefer this option over being paired with an unknown aide from a home healthcare agency. 

To be eligible, you must:

  • Require help with daily living.
  • Have a stable medical condition.
  • Have a representative who is willing to provide direct care.

Pros and Cons

When considering CDPAP, it is essential to do your research and decide which form of home care would be ideal for your family. Many seniors are uncomfortable with the thought of assisted living facilities, nursing homes, or an unknown home care aide entering their living space.

With a family member or friend serving as the in-home aide, CDPAP can help alleviate all of those concerns.

Furthermore, the caretaker receives income for their services. Understandably, it can be difficult for someone to take time away from their work or family to provide care to a senior. The CDPAP program treats their efforts as a job and is paid well for their time.

While these are tremendous benefits, other factors must be considered. CDPAP does not require the caregiver to be a licensed professional. This may make it easier to find a caregiver who can participate. Still, if a trained provider is required, you may need to look outside your closest friends and family.

Additionally, the onboarding process can be cumbersome, requiring paperwork, interviews, etc. Fortunately, Special Touch Home Care is ready to step in and handle most of that burden for you.

Home Health Agencies

It is possible to take on CDPAP enrollment yourself, but – as noted – you will face excessive paperwork and the juggling of many other requirements.

Home healthcare agencies have been given the green light to support these efforts shouldering most of the work for you. And while you will be learning what’s needed for the first time, agencies like Special Touch are already experts. We’re here to guide you and make the application smooth, simple, and manageable.


For the safety and longevity of your senior loved one, the need to properly plan for care cannot be overstated. Once day-to-day activities become too difficult to handle, even dangerous, something needs to be done. Home care provides a non-disruptive way to ease into long-term care, and CDPAP may be your most comfortable option. As with anything, there are pros and cons, but a qualified home health agency can help clear the pathway for you.

If you’re ready to get started or have some questions, feel free to reach out to us anytime.

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