This is a program by Medicaid which helps the consumers who are registered under CDPAP to take own initiative in making sure that the take care of their health personally. CDPAP program was developed to help the people who are undergoing the conditions such as chronic diseases or who are disabled so as they can receive care form skilled professional or caregivers.
Under the CDPAP we don’t have a patient as in the health centers would refer to them as a patient or a client. A consumer is the one who will direct how care will be administered and the activities that the caregiver will do.
The consumer is responsible for his or her care and how it will be administered. The consumer is the one that is responsible for hiring the person that will be responsible for taking his or her care.
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 only one that is given the burden to take care of any emergency or any problem that might 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 CDPAP the consumer has the choice to choose anybody as a caregiver whether it is a close friend, relative or any other person that the consumer can trust. 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.
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. You should know that it is mandatory that the designated representative gets accepted by the social services.