One possible solution to that is the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP), which allows close family members or friends to be caregivers and get paid for it (keep in mind that this program is exclusive to Medicaid recipients).
One possible solution is the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP), which allows close family members or friends to be caregivers and get paid for it (keep in mind that this program is exclusive to Medicaid recipients).
Naturally, requirements must be met, but for those who qualify, it can be a win-win solution for everyone. The caregiver, who might already be assisting, can now earn some income. And the seniors can now have more choice over who will care for them.
If you think this might be a viable option for you or a loved one, continue reading to find out who is qualified and how CDPAP “Personal Assistants” or “PAs” are different from personal care (PCAs) or home health aides (HHAs). We will also explore the benefits of CDPAP in general so you can understand whether your loved one is a good fit for the program.
CDPAP is a state Medicaid program in New York that allows consumers to have someone they know provide their care rather than having a vendor or agency select a caregiver(s) for them. There are a few basic rules to keep in mind to qualify.
A spouse may not be a CDPAP “PA.” That is because spouses are “legally responsible” for each other. (The same goes for parents if their children require care but are under 21.
A parent of someone over 21 years of age may still qualify for CDPAP if all other requirements are met.)
That being said, pretty much anyone else might be able to be a CDPAP “PA,” including the children of senior parents, siblings, and friends. The exception is if you are the person’s “designated representative.” In other words, if the person is not of sound mind to make their own decisions and direct their care, the person who represents them cannot also be the CDPAP “PA.”
Other qualifications: The person must be eligible for Medicaid, as well as any of the following — personal care, certified home health care, or private duty nursing.
Lastly, the person must be medically qualified; a physician determines this along with an assessment completed by a Registered Nurse provided by Special Touch Home Care.
To be fully processed and approved for CDPAP service, Health Plans will require submitting a CDPAP application, an “MD Order” (which is completed by a physician), and a couple of other forms specific to their Plan.
Lastly, a nursing assessment is completed. In addition to determining eligibility, the various steps help to determine the amount of service Medicaid is willing to authorize and whether a CDPAP “PA” can provide the appropriate level of care.