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What Is Consumer Directed Personal Assistance And What Are Its Benefits

Consumer Directed Personal Assistance or CDPAP is a caregiving program that is adapted by Medicaid to pay a family member or that close to the family, except the spouse to take care of their own adult sibling, parent, or any adult family member that needs home care.

What is good in this program is that the consumer has the freedom to choose his or her personal assistant, and in most cases it can be a part of the family, relatives, or close friends whom they have known all their life, and where they are comfortable with them to give the care and service that they require, and besides, such a task is also being paid.

As long as the person is a member of Medicaid and is proven to need home care services, he or she can qualify for the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance program and there will be no additional cost incurred by the consumer as payments and benefits for the personal assistant is provided 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 the event that the candidate for Consumer Directed Personal Assistance personal assistant be an immigrant, he or she has to ensure that the legal status in their documents are up to date and all the same for all applicants, they have to submit for full exam by a doctor with TB test and proof of Measles/Rubella immunity before being endorsed.

The selected personal assistant will receive the necessary training on site that is in line with the provision of the healthcare of the consumer to make sure that the right and most efficient healthcare is provided here and facilitated according to the needs of the consumer.

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.

These are the general and basic information about Consumer Directed Personal Assistance, and if you are a Medicaid consumer you may want to consider its benefits and the good effect it can have on you too, or if you are someone that wants to render this kind of service no matter if the pay is good or not for the benefit of the person you just care for you may want to consider it too.

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