What is CDPAP?
CDPAP is a New York State Medicaid program that allows consumers to recruit, hire, and direct their own home care workers. One of the highlights of the program is that it allows consumers to hire family members and friends.
Am I eligible for CDPAP?
There are three important criteria that must be met to be eligible for CDPAP:
1. You must have Medicaid.
2. You must require home care.
3. You must be self-directing, or you must have a representative that can direct your care.
There are other factors that can potentially affect your CDPAP eligibility, but if you meet the above criteria, we recommend you give us a call to see if you can enroll.
CDPAP Pay Rate and Salary
What is the hourly pay rate that you compensate CDPAP workers?
Your hourly pay rate and salary may depend on a number of factors. If you would like to find how much you may get paid, please give us a call.
Who Can Provide Care Under CDPAP?
CDPAP consumers can hire almost anyone that is legally allowed to work to be their caregiver, including most family members and friends. However, there are some exceptions. The following are answers to some commonly asked about family members:
Can children provide care for their parents?
Can spouses provide care for each other?
Can parents provide care for their children?
It depends. The parent of an adult child age 21 or older can be that child’s caregiver. A parent of a child younger than 21 cannot be that child’s caregiver.
Can a CDPAP caregiver live at the same address as the consumer?
Great question. The short answer is, it depends. The government’s policy states as follows: “a consumer directed personal assistant may include any other adult relative of the consumer who does not reside with the consumer or any other adult relative who resides with the consumer because the amount of care the consumer requires makes such relative’s presence necessary”.
Certification and Training (Hint: No license or certification is required!)
Are CDPAP caregivers required to have any license or certification?
Okay, we gave it away. CDPAP caregivers are not required to have any license or certification.
Home Care Services Allowed
What types of home care services can CDPAP Personal Assistants provide?
Unlike home health aides (HHAs) and personal care aides (PCAs) that are only allowed to provide custodial care such as dressing, bathing, and meal preparation, CDPAP Personal Assistants are also allowed to provide skilled care such as wound care, giving insulin shots, and suctioning tracheostomies.
Advantages of CDPAP Home Care VS Traditional Home Care
Are there any advantages that CDPAP home care has as opposed to traditional home care?
The following are some advantages of CDPAP home care VS traditional home care:
- Close relatives such as children can get paid to provide care.
- Personal assistants are not required to have special certification or licensing.
- Personal assistants can administer skilled services such as wound care, giving insulin shots, and suctioning tracheostomies.