What Is Consumer Directed Personal Assistance And What Are Its Benefits
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.
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 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.
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.