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. Under the CDPAP the consumer is the one that is responsible for planning how the care will be given and everything that he or she wants as part of the package.
The consumer is responsible for his or her care and how it will be administered. Under the CDPAP a registered consumer is responsible to hire and pay the caregiver who he or she wants.
The right to fire the caregiver is reserved by the consumer who can fire the caregivers at time at his or her will. The consumer is the only one that is given the burden to take care of any emergency or any problem that might arise.
It is important to know that under the CDPAP the caregiver can be any person even if it is a relative provided the consumer has identified him or her due to trust. 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 CDPAP the consumer has the freedom to choose any caregiver of his or her choice either a friend, a family member, a close friend any person that they can trust or feel free to have their services. The only person that cannot be a caregiver to a consumer is a legally responsible adult, this is to mean parent and spouse are the exception when it comes to this rule.
As a consumer who is registered under the CDPAP, you can be able to get a caregiver still through the caregiver licensed agency where the caregiver that you will get will help you in all the responsibilities that you will direct him or her.
The designated representative can be given a job to take the responsibility of the recipient in the event that the recipient is unable to take of his or herself. You should know that it is mandatory that the designated representative gets accepted by the social services.