Learning about the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program
You are probably asking yourself the question many have asked themselves the first time they heard about the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program, otherwise commonly referred to as the CDPAP. A lot of us wonder if at all they are affected by the operations of the CDPAP. Basically, the program allows consumers who are self directed and or those who work for them to look into all issues of personal assistants of their own choice. The essence of this is that you will be able to do the following with those you want to be your personal assistants as a result of the CDPAP.
The following are the examples of the functions you can achieve through the CDPAP; recruitment where you will be able to research and recruit the skills that you need, interview and hire, manage, plan, and supervise and direct and dismiss as it may be called for. Being such a self directed consumer, you will be able to look into your needs for the PA’s, set the goals to be met by the personnel to be chosen for the role, and control their services to ensure that they actually satisfy the set standards.
The other question that may be causing you to scratch hair is that of who qualifies for the program. The fact is that you may be surprised to learn the number of people who qualify for the program more so considering the fact that it is a personal assistant. For eligibility purposes, the consumer should basically meet some of the following qualifications. The top factor you need to mind and factor as you go about this is that you need to be one, as a consumer, able to make wise or thought-out decisions or have an advocate to make informed decisions. The second factor is that you need to be Medicaid eligible. The consumer should as well be eligible for Long Term Home Care or Personal Care Services or AIDS Home Care before satisfying qualifications for CDPAP. If you are certified under the home health agencies then with them you as well qualify for the personal assistants through the CDPAP.
We as well ask ourselves this about the CDPAP, that is, how it differs from the Standard Home Care Services. The two have lots in similarities looking at the type and nature f the services that they offer you loved ones in terms of care services. Nonetheless, the CDPAP is marked in difference from the other in the sense that it will get you as the consumer the control over choice of who will be offering you care services and not one whom you are assigned without your input.