Medicaid has adapted the program called Consumer Directed Personal Assistance or CDPAP where any consumer that needs home care service can get into such program where a family member, relative, or close friend is paid to be their personal assistant.
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.
If the consumer is a verified Medicaid member and is proven to have the need for home care service then he or she can qualify for the
Consumer Directed Personal Assistance program with no additional cost as the payments and benefits for the personal assistant is taken cared of by a fiscal intermediary.
To be a Consumer Directed Personal Assistance personal assistant to the consumer one 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.
An immigrant can be a personal aid under Consumer Directed Personal Assistance provided that all their required papers proving their legal status are up to date and all other candidates must have a full exam by a doctor with TB test and proof of Measles/Rubella immunity is required to be submitted.
The good thing here as well is that, there is still that certain monitored performance or training needed in the provision of the healthcare of the consumer, is done on site where the consumer lives, so that the most efficient healthcare is facilitated.
The hours rendered by the personal assistant is determined by the patient’s insurance company and at the same time what they can do is not limited as according to the demand of the consumer they can perform as much as required even with oxygen assistance or injection.
All of these are the basic and general detailed information about Consumer Directed Personal Assistance, and if you are a Medicaid consumer you may want to look into this option, and if you are someone close to the consumer and wisher to render such service under the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance program, then you can inquire of the details, the important there is that you are comfortable and willing to do the service.