Ways To Work With Your CDPAP Caregiver

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.

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

Grandmother and CDPAP caregiver unpacking groceries in the kitchen


Every day is filled with things to do, from eating, bathing, running errands, and more. It can be tough to squeeze everything in, so it’s essential 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 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 have lives outside the job. Just like anyone else, they are subject to burnout – feelings of being overworked, lack of sleep, etc. 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 regarding hours, schedules, and tasks, partly because it doesn’t require the aide to be certified. Because of this, you’ll want to ensure that your services are provided safely and accurately. Being aware of what your care entails, and ensuring that your caregiver is up to the task, will help ensure 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. Like any relationship, there is likely to be a give and take – perhaps they don’t make the bed the same way you do or fold shirts in their style. What’s important is that you work together to ensure that you are safe and comfortable, which may include overlooking minor, 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 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.

couple embracing after receiving in-home care and cdpap


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