Patients with Medicaid coverage have the right to choose and hire a family member or friend to be their caregiver: Somebody they already know – and trust.
The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) gives patients the opportunity to choose a family member or friend to provide the assistance they need at home.
While traditional home care provides professionals of the highest caliber, the reality is that they are still strangers to the patient and the family members who, until they get to know the person providing the care, often worry:
Is my parent in good hands?
Is this a good personality match?
Will the care provider get to know exactly how my mother likes her tea?
Will the care provider understand my father’s morning routine?
The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program allows qualified Medicaid patients to take control of their home health care needs by deciding who their caregiver is, thus eliminating all these concerns from the get-go.
The chosen caregiver, in turn, is paid for the care they provide. To be an eligible caregiver, one needs to be 21 years or older, be legally allowed to work in the United States, and have undergone a full physical examination.
No special training or schooling is required because they already know what’s most important: the patient’s current health condition, their personality, taste, and all those personal preferences that make them so special – and loved.