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Stress Less with CDPAP Home Care

How the CDPAP Program can help you stress less about your parent’s home care.

Everyone is talking about caregiver stress. The national periodicals feature stories about midlifers caught between caring for aging parents and their own children. Legislators are talking about relief through tax credits for caregiving children. Co-workers, friends, and church members are talking about it. Whenever there’s a social gathering of a group, inevitably someone stops the conversation about aging parents and says let’s talk about something else.

CDPAP agency New York article on stress

You need stress relief. An aspirin is not going to do it. You are the one responsible for all the paperwork, the doctor visits, the authorizations, the groceries, maintaining the living quarters, and the safety of your parent. The last is most important – it’s simply life threatening. Strangers are coming into the home on a regular basis and your mother is very vulnerable. She’s frail and cannot move quickly. You’ve installed cameras. You check all the time. You make unanticipated visits. You are in touch with the neighbors. You’re responsible and it’s very stressful.

All the articles about stress management and self-care just annoy you. You have so much on your plate that self-care, spas, retreats, and watching a movie with friends just cannot be scheduled. Your own responsibilities to yourself take your available time. You need your job and you should be doing more to advance in your career. You should be more aggressive about your own plans for your own seniority. What’s a daughter to do?

CDPAP, the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program is designed to give control of the home care to the senior, this in turn will reduce stress for the family of the Medicaid patient who needs long term care. And Caring Professionals has made expediting CDPAP home care even easier.

CDPAP agency New York article on stress

As you may know, CDPAP allows the patient or designated representative, to choose, train, and supervise the person helping the senior. You don’t have to worry about who is spending all those home care hours with your mother. It’s not a stranger because you picked her yourself, together with your mother. The fit is right. The language she speaks is familiar to your parent. She feels an obligation to the family because it’s a closer relationship than an aide with the patient the home care agency sends her to. The person doing the caregiving, the personal assistant, may not be trained in school with a certificate but she knows exactly what your mother needs because you’ve trained her and she’s committed to helping your family out. The schedule has been worked out to be mutually convenient and you can hire as much back up as need in the CDPAP program.

The personal assistant and you complete paperwork in a day or two. You can do it online and/or in your mom’s home. The PA does her medical checkups and is safe to come into the home. You are trained by video on how to manage supervisory responsibilities and how to digitally sign time sheets so that the PA gets paid. There’s always someone to talk to at Caring Professionals if you have questions. You are fully supported. Most PAs choose to get paid using direct deposit even on a daily basis should she prefer that. She’s happy and you don’t have to worry about her leaving.

Call Caring Professionals’ CDPAP hotline at 718 307 6270 and stress much less.

What is CDPAP? Find out more about CDPAP from our CDPAP Articles and CDPAP Guides

What is caregiver stress and how can the CDPAP program help reduce it?

Caregiver stress is the emotional strain and physical exertion that people experience when they’re responsible for the care of a loved one, often an aging parent. Tasks such as managing paperwork, doctor visits, groceries, maintaining the living quarters, and ensuring the safety of the parent can contribute to caregiver stress. The CDPAP program can help alleviate this stress by allowing the patient or a designated representative to choose, train, and supervise the caregiver. This ensures that a familiar and trusted individual is providing care, reducing worries about the patient’s safety and well-being.

How does the CDPAP program work?

The CDPAP program allows the patient, or a designated representative, to choose their own caregiver. This caregiver doesn’t have to be a professional with a certificate, but rather someone who knows exactly what the patient needs, as they’re trained by the patient or their representative. The caregiver’s schedule is mutually agreed upon, and backup caregivers can be hired as needed. The caregiver, known as a personal assistant (PA), completes paperwork and medical checkups to ensure they’re safe to provide care. The patient or their representative is trained on how to manage supervisory responsibilities and sign timesheets digitally.

What is the role of the personal assistant (PA) in the CDPAP program?

The personal assistant (PA) in the CDPAP program is the individual chosen to provide care for the patient. They may not have formal training, but they’re trained by the patient or their representative to provide the specific care the patient needs. The PA completes paperwork and medical checkups, works a mutually agreed-upon schedule, and may be paid using direct deposit, even on a daily basis if preferred.

How does the CDPAP program improve the quality of care for the patient?

The CDPAP program allows for a caregiver who is familiar to the patient and understands their specific needs. Because the caregiver is chosen by the patient or their representative, there’s typically a closer relationship and a better fit between the caregiver and the patient. This can lead to improved care, as the caregiver is committed to helping the family and understands the language and needs of the patient.

How does the CDPAP program support the patient or their representative?

The CDPAP program provides training to the patient or their representative on how to manage supervisory responsibilities and sign timesheets digitally. There’s always someone available at Caring Professionals to answer any questions, ensuring that the patient or their representative is fully supported throughout the process.

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About the Author

Faigie Horowitz

Faigie Horowitz

Faigie Horowitz, MS serves as director of communication at Caring Professionals. She advocates for the senior population on the state level and writes about senior and caregiver issues. She is a columnist for several periodicals. She has spent decades in nonprofit management and serves as a lay leader and founder of several community organizations.

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