The senior population, already at over 50 million, is expected to double by 2060. And, while that means that most of us will need to consider long-term care for an aging loved one at some point in the future, many people need to make those decisions right now. Many options for care are well-known, but one that you may not have come across before is the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP). Read on below to find out more.
What is CDPAP?
CDPAP is a Medicaid-funded program that allows people who require day-to-day help to hire their own caregiver. The caregiver can be a close family member or friend, and they are paid (by CDPAP) for their work.
CDPAP Gives You Options
By allowing individuals to choose their own caregiver, CDPAP alleviates some of the unknowns when it comes to working with a traditional home care agency. Within the program, a caregiver needs to be at least 18 years old, able to work in the United States, and not legally responsible for the patient (i.e. the caregiver cannot be a spouse or parent). Other than those restrictions, anyone can serve as a caregiver.
And, because CDPAP provides payment for their services, options will also open up for those providing the care. The pay can be used to supplement an existing income, or can provide a financial base for someone currently out of work. Knowing that they don’t have to give up the possibility of employment in order to provide support can ease the burden of a necessary task that, in the past, would have been done for free.
CDPAP Provides Flexibility
If your family is approved for CDPAP, selecting a caregiver will not be the only decision you make. A plan of care will also need to be established, inclusive of how often services are rendered and exactly what those services are. However, because of the flexibility allowed under the program, setting up a schedule is completely up to your loved one. If something needs to be altered, it can be at any time.
CDPAP Allows Independence
Perhaps the greatest benefit of CDPAP is the independence it allows for. Regardless of how often your loved one wishes to receive service, or what those services are, they can do so in the comfort of their own home, retaining the lifestyle they’ve always enjoyed. Family gatherings, trips out of the house, or just sitting down on the couch to watch TV – none of that goes away. CDPAP allows the care to adjust to the lifestyle, rather than the other way around. Because most seniors prefer to avoid nursing homes or assisted living facilities, CDPAP can give them what they need in the least-disruptive way possible.
If you are considering applying for CDPAP, or just have some questions you’d like to ask, contact us here at Special Touch. We fully support the program and have already helped a lot of seniors take advantage of this unique offering.