CDPAP (Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program) is a program Medicaid which enables the people that have registered to manage their own health care independently. The program was developed with the aim to help people living with chronic disease and those that have chronic diseases so that they can have help from nurses or caregivers.
The following are the characteristics of CDPAP. A person receiving the services of CDPAP is referred to as a consumer because he or she is the one that is responsible for determining and implementing the care for his or herself.
The consumer is the one that is responsible for everything that his or her care entails. As a consumer under the CDPAP you are the one who will be responsible for hiring your caregiver and also pay the salary to the caregiver.
The consumer is the only one who has the mandate to fire the caregiver for any reason or any time that the consumer may feel like. It is important to know that under the CDPAP the consumer is the one that is responsible for anything that might happen including all the emergency cases that may arise.
Under the CDPAP the consumer can choose the relative or any other person that he or she would like to be a caregiver. It is important to know that as a consumer you can hire anybody that you want as a caregiver, as under the CDPAP it is not mandatory for a caregiver to have any certificates and training which a requirement for home caregivers and providers is.
Under the CDPAP the consumer can choose anybody to be his or her caregiver whether it is a relative, friend or any other person that the consumer feels comfortable with or trust. Under the CDPAP rules the only group of people that should not be a caregiver to the consumer is only the legally responsible adults such as parents and spouses.
A consumer registered under the CDPAP have a choice to look and get a caregiver through the licensed caregiver agency, whose responsibility is to take care of the consumer needs and help wherever necessary.
If the consumer is unable to take the responsibility of taking own care he or she can appoint a designated representative who will handle the responsibilities under his or her behalf. It is a must that the designated representative should get the approval from the social services