CDPAP (Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program) is a program Medicaid which enables the people that have registered to manage their own health care independently. This program was developed so that those people who have chronic diseases or disable to get assistance to get the help from home care or the services of the nurses.
Under the CDPAP we don’t have a patient as in the health centers would refer to them as a patient or a client. 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.
As a consumer you are the only one who can make the decision to fire the caregiver for any reason or time that you may feel is right. The consumer is the one that is responsible for taking care of any emerging issues and dealing with any problem 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. Compared to other care providers that it requires them to have certifications of certain trainings, under the CDPAP it does not require that a caregiver to have any certifications of a certain training so as to offer the services of care to the consumer.
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