The time when we need some extra help around the home will come to many of us and regardless of whether it is because of age, illness or injury, home help is something that many rely on. If your family member is in need of home health aide services in New York City then the recommendation that I would give would be to take advantage of the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program or CDPAP for short, and here is a little more about one of the best home help services here in NYC.
What is CDPAP?
CDPAP is a Medicaid program that was launched in New York in the mid 90s, designed to help New Yorkers in need. According to the NYC Department of Health, CDPAP “provides services to chronically ill or physically disabled individuals who have a medical need for help with activities of daily living (ADLs) or skilled nursing services”.
In order to be accepted to receive the benefits of CDPAP you must be a resident of New York, be on Medicaid and have a stable medical condition. Personal assistants who work for this initiative must be at least 18 years of age and they shouldn’t have any ties to the person that they will be offering care for. Other than this there are no additional qualifications required and training is given on the job.
Those who require help are considered as a consumer rather than a patient because under CDPAP they are the ones who will be orchestrating and mapping out their own care. The consumer is in charge of all aspects of their home care. This is one of the reasons that CDPAP is so appealing because those in need will not feel as though they are being managed, but rather assisted in their overall care at home. There are some limitations which have been put in place by CDPAP such as how many hours per week are funded but other than this it is a program which thousands rely upon. A CDPAP consumer actually acts as the manger of their care giver and this requires them to be of sound mind so that they can effectively take part in the program.
How to Get CDPAP?
If this is something that you are interested in for you or for a family member then you will need to make sure that you have Medicaid coverage to start with. Your coverage should include community-based services, this will cover your CDPAP program. The next step is to get the doctor to complete a Physician’s Order for Services Form, and then you will be contacted by social services. Social services will carry out individual assessments with you and then they will determine how many hours of care per week you or your family member will need.
If you are struggling around the home, or you know someone that is, this is a wonderful program that can really help out.