Many of these seniors struggle with day-to-day activities and have difficulty finding proper care. If you or a loved one are struggling with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as personal hygiene, continence management, cooking, travel, dressing, etc. it may be time to consider home care. Without proper support, seniors face real danger of accidents, injury, or even death.
CDPAP is a program, supported by Medicaid, that 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, rather than 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, and have a representative who is willing to provide direct care.
Pros and Cons
When considering CDPAP, it is important 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. It can, understandably, be difficult for someone to take time away from their work or family in order to provide care to a senior. The CDPAP program treats their efforts as a job, however, and they are paid well for their time.
While these are tremendous benefits, there are some other factors to keep in mind. CDPAP does not require the caregiver to be a licensed professional. This may make it easier to find a caregiver who can participate, but 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, home healthcare agencies are ready to step in and handle the majority 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, as well as the juggling of many other requirements. Home healthcare agencies have been given the green light to support these efforts, however, 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 the most comfortable option for you. 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 if you just have some questions, feel free to reach out to us at any time.