Understanding Consumer Directed Personal Assistance (CDPAP)

Consumer Directed Personal Assistance or most commonly known as CDPAP is a program of Medicaid that will allow a consumer to have a service for home care where they can have a choice of a family member or a close person to give the care for them and be paid for it.

What is good in this program is that the consumer has the freedom to choose his or her personal assistant, and in most cases it can be a part of the family, relatives, or close friends whom they have known all their life, and where they are comfortable with them to give the care and service that they require, and besides, such a task is also being paid.

Anyone can qualify for the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance program as long as the consumer is a verified member of Medicaid and is proven to have the need for home care services, and with it there is no additional cost for availing the program as all the salary and benefits of the personal assistant is being paid for 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.

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