By allowing individuals to choose their caregiver, CDPAP alleviates some of the unknowns when 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 provide a financial base for someone currently out of work. Knowing that they don’t have to give up the possibility of employment to provide support can ease the burden of a necessary task that, in the past, would have been done for free.