It’s not unusual for home care patients to be uncomfortable letting a stranger into their home to service their medical and personal needs. It’s often a cause for anxiety for patients.
But there’s a program that offers an alternative: the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP), a statewide Medicaid program that has helped thousands of patients over the last decade to choose a caregiver they know and trust — either a child, sibling or some other family member. (There are a few disallowed family members, but most are allowed.)
When clients contacting Edison Home Health Care, a patient, not satisfied with their current home health care situation, calls a CDPAP coordinator at Edison Home Health Care, a New York State certified Fiscal Intermediary (FI) for CDPAP. Edison’s knowledgeable staff helps coordinate the necessary nurse assessments who make home visits to see if the patient qualifies for the program.
Assessments are conducted by a NY State vendor — Maximus — and the patient’s Medicaid plan of choice. For clients already enrolled in a Medicaid plan, a Maximus assessment is usually not necessary.
To qualify, the patient must require assistance with activities of daily living or skilled care and be self-directing as the program is meant for long-term care — meaning the patient is expected to need care for at least 120 days.
The coordinator then works on qualifying the caregiver the patient wishes to hire — no formal training or license is required, a feature unique to CDPAP, allowing the patient to train their own caregiver.
Once the patient is qualified and enrolled, the patient then “hires” their caregiver.
For patients who need the home care but don’t want to let a stranger into their house, visit the CDPAP Department of Edison HHC dedicated CDPAP website at cdpapny.org.