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.
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.
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 case the selected personal assistant of the consumer is an immigrant, it is required that he or she has an updated papers proving their legal status and all candidates whoever is chosen will also have to submit for a full medical examination by a doctor together with TB test and proof of Measles/Rubella immunity before moving forward.
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.
The hours rendered by the personal assistant is determined by the patient’s insurance company and at the same time what they can do is not limited as according to the demand of the consumer they can perform as much as required even with oxygen assistance or injection.
All these information are the basics and general details about Consumer Directed Personal Assistance, and if you are a person close to the consumer or a relative, then you may want to render such service according to your will and interest for the benefit of the person or the consumer, thus know more details as you can about the program, and if you are a verified Medicaid consumer you may at least try to see if this service can be beneficial for you and something that you can take advantage of.