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Individuals who have physical disabilities or chronic illnesses are eligible for various types of assistance.


While you may already be aware of some options, there is one relatively new offering that might be unfamiliar. CDPAP, which stands for Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program, is a unique alternative to traditional home health care services, allowing a consumer to choose their own caregiver – including a friend or family member – who will then be paid for their services by Medicaid.

Read on for more details.

Understand the Rules

CDPAP places a few important restrictions on who can receive – and who can provide – related services. You must be a Medicaid member and require help with activities of daily living (ADLs). You must also be able to make informed choices. Providers have to legally be able to work in the United States, and cannot be under the custodianship of the consumer. Because of this, parents cannot care for their own under-21 children, and husbands and wives cannot care for one another.

Start With an Evaluation

The first step is to receive an evaluation. A nurse can come to your home or, if you prefer, you can visit your doctor’s office. The chosen medical professional will then determine the type of care you require. They will also assess whether or not you are eligible for the CDPAP program, and will consider your specific situation to decide how many hours of care you will be allotted.

Complete the Required Paperwork

The application process does include some paperwork that will need to be completed. The most important form is the Physician’s Order, which is mandatory in all cases and is filled out by your doctor. Other forms will help identify, among other data: basic personal information, the services to be provided, the process by which caregivers will be screened, and nursing tasks to be considered.

Following the initial filing, periodic updates may be necessary to address any noteworthy changes, since health and existing conditions can change over time. The paperwork can seem daunting, which is why home health agencies that support the CDPAP program have stepped in to provide start-to-finish support.

Set Up Your Care Routine

One of the great benefits afforded by CDPAP is its abundance of choice and the ability to individualize your own care routine. Not only can you designate your own care provider, but you will also have control over the services you receive. CDPAP care providers do not need to be licensed in order to work for you, but they can be trained in whatever way is necessary to perform the tasks you require, including tasks that would not otherwise be supportable by a traditional home health aide.
Once decided and settled upon, you will be clear to enjoy the benefits of the CDPAP program, receiving care from someone you trust within the comfort of your own home.


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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