Consumer Directed Personal Assistance or CDPAP is a caregiving program that is adapted by Medicaid to pay a family member or that close to the family, except the spouse to take care of their own adult sibling, parent, or any adult family member that needs home care.
This option will allow the member to choose their assistant with whom they knew for years and where they are confident to rely their support and aid in their needs, and with the thought that such aid that cares for them, all the same, are receiving a respective pay for their service.
As long as the person is a member of Medicaid and is proven to need home care services, he or she can qualify for the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance program and there will be no additional cost incurred by the consumer as payments and benefits for the personal assistant is provided by a fiscal intermediary.
A person who is not the consumer’s spouse, not the consumer’s designated representative and not the parent of a disabled child under 21 years old can qualify as well to become a personal assistant under this program.
In the event that the candidate for Consumer Directed Personal Assistance personal assistant be an immigrant, he or she has to ensure that the legal status in their documents are up to date and all the same for all applicants, they have to submit for full exam by a doctor with TB test and proof of Measles/Rubella immunity before being endorsed.
Another advantage that can be noted here is that, there is a certain training provided on site, according to the provision of the healthcare of the consumer where the care is given, this is to ensure that the most efficient healthcare is facilitated and carried forward accordingly.
Also the number of hours rendered by the personal aide in the care of the consumer is determined by the patient’s insurance company and their services as well is not limited and they may do far more for the consumer, and they can even administer medications and the likes but following still the guidelines.
These are the general and basic information about Consumer Directed Personal Assistance, and if you are a Medicaid consumer you may want to consider its benefits and the good effect it can have on you too, or if you are someone that wants to render this kind of service no matter if the pay is good or not for the benefit of the person you just care for you may want to consider it too.