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Understanding Consumer Directed Personal Assistance (CDPAP)
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.
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.
And in becoming a Consumer Directed Personal Assistance personal assistant, the qualifications states that such individual must not be the consumer’s spouse, not the consumer’s designated representative, and not the parent of a disabled child under 21 years old.
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.
The selected personal assistant will receive the necessary training on site that is in line with the provision of the healthcare of the consumer to make sure that the right and most efficient healthcare is provided here and facilitated according to the needs of the consumer.
Basing on the patients or consumers insurance company the number of hours that the personal assistant renders is dependent on it, and unlike nurse aids, their service is not limited and they are able to perform medical assistance like oxygen and injections according to too with what the consumer need.
All of these are the basic and general detailed information about Consumer Directed Personal Assistance, and if you are a Medicaid consumer you may want to look into this option, and if you are someone close to the consumer and wisher to render such service under the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance program, then you can inquire of the details, the important there is that you are comfortable and willing to do the service.