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.
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.
To be a Consumer Directed Personal Assistance personal assistant to the consumer one 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.
An immigrant can be a personal aid under Consumer Directed Personal Assistance provided that all their required papers proving their legal status are up to date and all other candidates must have a full exam by a doctor with TB test and proof of Measles/Rubella immunity is required to be submitted.
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.
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.
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.