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CDPAP Program - Answering FAQs From Seniors and Caregivers

When you need assistance to complete routine tasks or manage a health condition, there are options available to assist with payment. Yet, accepting a caregiver into the home is a very personal decision. It's not unusual for a family member to be the first choice. However, such an arrangement can be impossible when personal responsibilities require favorite caregivers to be away at work. For families prepared to care for aging loved ones, it's painful to be unavailable because of the costs. Luckily, there is an option in New York that provides payment for chosen caregivers. CDPAP allows seniors or other eligible individuals to compensate the caregiver of their choice for assistance with daily living activities. 

Here, we'll explain exactly what the CDPAP program is as well as answer some of the most common questions raised by seniors and caregivers.

What is CDPAP?

The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) is a Medicaid program that provides services to chronically ill or physically disabled individuals who have a medical need for help with activities of daily living (ADLs) or skilled nursing services. It stands out from typical Medicaid offerings because it allows consumers (patients or seniors) to choose their caregivers. In other words, family members, friends, or loved ones who provide necessary care can receive payment for their services. 

Frequently Asked Questions About CDPAP

Navigating the process of starting with CDPAP can be confusing for both individuals and caregivers. Patients and caregivers must meet certain eligibility requirements and do specific steps required during the enrollment process. Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about CDPAP.

Who is eligible for CDPAP?

To qualify for CDPAP, a person must:

  • Be eligible for Medicaid
  • Need help with daily activities
  • Be able to direct your care
  • Choose your caregiver 

Who is eligible to be a caregiver for a CDPAP consumer?

Eligible caregivers are:

  • 18 or older
  • Family members
  • Friends
  • Parents

Who cannot be a caregiver in the CDPAP program?

You cannot qualify as a caregiver if you're under 18, the spouse of the patient, or a designated representative for the patient.

How do I enroll in the program?

You'll need to follow these steps to enroll in the program: 

  • Enroll in Medicaid Managed Care or Managed Medicaid Long-Term Care.
  • Choose a fiscal intermediary like Elite Choice.
  • Recruit a caregiver.
  • Request a medical order for home care from your physician.
  • Schedule an in-home assessment.
  • Wait for approval and authorization that will initiate services.

At Elite Choice, we assist you through the entire process. From enrollment, through to start of care. Select a caregiver and we will guide you through the rest of the process.

How can I become a paid caregiver?

If you're researching information about becoming a paid caregiver, you likely already know someone who needs assistance and you wish to help. If your family member has already chosen a fiscal intermediary, you can simply sign up through the company. After the approval of your application, you'll only need to complete a physical exam as well as complete payroll documents.

How do caregivers receive payment?

Elite Choice processes payroll every Friday. We also offer DailyPay through which you can receive payment for the previous day's care.

What Can You Expect from Becoming a CDPAP Caregiver?

As a CDPAP caregiver, you'll also have the opportunity to provide your loved one with the same level of care you always have. The difference is, you'll be compensated for your time and be able to be present during work hours.

Once a care plan is approved, you'll complete payroll documents like a typical position. Then, you'll be assigned specific hours and provide care on a predictable schedule. 

Elite Choice is a CDPAP that Allows You to Choose What YOU Want

Elite Choice is one of only 16 agencies that have been awarded as a lead Financial Intermediary for CDPAP. We support seniors in their choice to work with at-home caregivers so that being cared for in your home is a blessing for everyone. You get the care you deserve with peace of mind, and your caregiver doesn't have to worry about lost wages. We also make the process easy. You only need to reach out to our helpful team, hire your caregiver, and we'll help you through the entire process.

Ready to learn more about receiving the care you deserve? Contact us today to learn more about CDPAP.


Written by: Leah Ganz
Director of Patient Services

Leah Ganz, RN, BSN is the Director of Patient Services at Elite Home Health Care. She has an extensive background in homecare and previously worked in various specialties including pediatrics, pain management and internal medicine. She oversees all patient services across Elite's departments.