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CDPAP May Be The Right Choice For Your Home Care Needs

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If you or a loved one is disabled, ill, or entering their senior years, you know there are countless types of home careoptions available based on the level of care needed.

If your level of medical assistance is less demanding and does not require nursing or a home health aide's care, then hiring a personal assistant through the Consumer Directed Personal Assistant Program, also called CDPAP, may be the right choice for you.

What is CDPAP?

According to cdpapny.org, “CDPAP is a Medicaid program that allows consumers to direct their own home care. One of the highlights of the program is that it allows family members and friends to get paid to care for their loved ones.” CDPAP is available statewide in New York andpermits most Medicaid recipients in need of home care to select their own personal assistant (PA). This is a great choice for individuals who need assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing, dressing, light housekeeping, meal preparation, laundry, and running errands. They can also perform certain skilled tasks that a typical home health aide cannot such as insulin injections, wound cleaning, or administering medications. Through individualized assistance directed by the consumer, PAs provide major improvements in the quality of life by helping you to maintain your independence.

What are the Advantages of CDPAP?

The major difference with CDPAP versus hiring a standard home health aide is that the caregiver, the PA,is directed by the consumer. Rather than relying on an agency to assign you a home health aide and manage your care, you select your caregiver and direct the care yourself. CDPAP allows the consumer to hire a family member or friend — someone whom you trust and are comfortable around — to provide assistance. PAs working in CDPAP do not require any certification or special training required to begin working.

How Do I Enroll in CDPAP?

Most Medicaid recipients in need of home care are eligible to enroll in CDPAP. If you do not have Medicaid, Homecare Planning Solutions will help you apply for Medicaid for CDPAP. The help you need is just a few steps away and Edison Home Health Care will guide you through it. Their friendly staff speaks over a dozen languages and is ready to help you register for services and begin the enrollment process.

Contact Edison today to get started by visting here.

 

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Diane A. Thompson, MD, MS

is a physician and radio host of Health Talk with Dr. Diane, MD at blogtalkradio.com/drdianethompson. She has been in the healthcare field for over 20 years, first as a registered nurse, then as a nurse practitioner, and now as a physician. She is an author, a health and empowerment speaker, a wellness coach, an esthetic specialist, and holds a certificate in sports nutrition. Dr. Diane, MD may be contacted at DrDianeThompson.com , via social media at facebook.com/DrDianeAThompson or via e-mail at Dr.DianeThompson@gmail.com.