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Understanding Consumer Directed Personal Assistance (CDPAP)

Medicaid has adapted the program called Consumer Directed Personal Assistance or CDPAP where any consumer that needs home care service can get into such program where a family member, relative, or close friend is paid to be their personal assistant.

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.

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 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.

The good thing here as well is that, there is still that certain monitored performance or training needed in the provision of the healthcare of the consumer, is done on site where the consumer lives, so that the most efficient healthcare is facilitated.

Also the number of hours rendered by the personal aide in the care of the consumer is determined by the patient’s insurance company and their services as well is not limited and they may do far more for the consumer, and they can even administer medications and the likes but following still the guidelines.

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.