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CDPAP aides are typically close friends or relatives of a senior patient, and are vital to the success of the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program.

Grandmother and CDPAP caregiver unpacking groceries in the kitchen

Below, we’ll examine some ways in which CDPAP assistants can receive the support that makes their caregiving duties as fulfilling and enriching as possible.


Every day is filled with things to do, from eating, to bathing, to running errands and more. It can be tough to squeeze everything in, which is why it’s important to help your CDPAP aide prioritize what’s most important. Picking up your medicine is likely to be high on the list, while you might be able to pass on coffee with a friend if time becomes short. Ensuring that your caregiver knows the things that absolutely need to get done will help bring order and success to each day.

Communication is Key

When a CDPAP caregiver begins working, they may not intuitively understand everything about you and your home, even if you’ve known them for a long time. It’s important to mention any rules you may have or things you would like to accomplish. Communicating openly and effectively will ensure that the relationship remains beneficial to all.

Be on the Lookout For Burnout

A caregiver has a job to do, but they are human and they have lives that exist outside the job. Just like anyone else, they are subject to burnout – feelings of being overworked, lack of sleep, etc. In order to ensure the best care possible, you’ll want to encourage your caregiver to take breaks, when appropriate, and ensure that they aren’t overlooking non-work responsibilities. Everything is better when all are happy and taken care of.

Follow all Rules and Guidelines

The CDPAP program allows for more flexibility with regards to hours, schedules, and tasks, in part because it doesn’t require the aide to be certified. Because of this, you’ll want to make sure that your services are being provided safely and accurately. Being aware of what your care entails, and ensuring that your caregiver is up to the task, will help make sure you receive exactly what you need.

Celebrate the Victories Work as a Team

At its heart, the CDPAP program provides the opportunity to receive care from someone you already know – likely someone you already have a loving relationship with. Like any relationship, there is likely to be a give and take – perhaps they don’t make the bed exactly the same way you do, or they fold shirts in their own style. What’s important is that you work together to ensure that you are safe and comfortable, which may include overlooking some of the smaller, non-critical details.

Working with a CDPAP caregiver is a team effort, and if you follow the guidelines above, you’ll find your daily life enriched and your relationship growing stronger. If you’re not yet a member of the CDPAP program, but are interested in receiving more information and possibly signing up, contact your home healthcare agency today. They can help you get through the paperwork and quickly put you on the path to care.


Special Touch caregivers are certified paraprofessionals. Before they hit the ground running, they go through an extensive screening process. We dig deep into their background to make sure they are someone that we would trust to take care of our own parents and grandparents. This includes criminal background checks, drug screening, and also professional and personal reference checks.

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