2020 and 2021 have been very stressful for members of more medically vulnerable populations, especially senior citizens. Now that the new year is almost here seniors and their families are looking for reassuring, care-oriented alternatives which prioritize reliability and comfort. Fortunately, there is a program in place to ensure that they can get access to such care.
CDPAP, which stands for Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program, is a statewide program that serves seniors and their families across New York state. CDPAP offers a level of reassurance in the realm of senior care that many other programs don’t, thanks to its primary selling point- friends and family members can become designated caregivers through the program. There is no more fear or uncertainty from leaving loved ones in the care of a total stranger, and seniors don’t need to take the time to get used to a new person coming into their homes and helping them with their daily activities.
Flexibility and Control
Through the CDPAP, consumers (or the consumer’s advocate) have much more control over what their care plan is going to look like. It puts more responsibility on the consumer such as recruiting, interviewing, training, hiring, and dismissing senior care providers. But those responsibilities are also what gives them more power over their situation, rather than letting it all be dictated by a senior care agency or facility. Consumers even have the ability to hire multiple caregivers in order to ensure that their needs are being met.
Trust and Comfort
Having a new person come into your life and suddenly take charge of your care plan can be disruptive, invasive, and potentially upsetting for some. If you want to ring in the new year with a feeling of stability and normalcy then a personal assistant through CDPAP is exactly what you need. You can choose someone you already know, so nothing feels out of place and there is no awkward adjustment period. After all, providing or receiving care can also cause feelings of embarrassment or anxiety, and seniors are less likely to experience these emotions if the person helping them is a trusted friend or family member. Aides who are unfamiliar with the people they care for also need to take time to learn things like the layout of the home, and their charge’s routines and preferences. A personalized caregiver through CDPAP, however, already knows all of the ins and outs – from what time they take medication to their favorite TV shows. There might also be linguistic, cultural, or religious differences that lead to confusion and friction, which CDPAP can make easier by ensuring that seniors receive care from someone with a similar background.
Quality of Care
Senior care providers who are selected through CDPAP are not required to undergo any formalized training. While this may sound like a bad thing at first, it can have its benefits. Training can be costly and time-consuming, and if you’re caring for a family member whose needs you’re already familiar with then it might be wholly unnecessary as well. These programs may also require people to be re-certified after a certain number of years or their licensure may expire. While there are nor requirements, or formalized training, the options do still exist. Family Always First Home Care is here to help you navigate the different ways in which your personal assistant(s) can receive said training and support. While traditional at-home care might determine the quality of care by the aide’s level of training, we know that quality of care comes down to the experience and the bond between seniors and the people assisting them.
Just as senior care assistants don’t need to undergo formalized training, they are also able to do more for the people that they’re responsible for helping. Traditional at-home care providers are limited in the ways that they can aid people medically, but senior care assistants working through CDPAP don’t have the same limitations. This means that assistants can administer specialized medical services such as treating a wound, providing insulin shots, and suctioning tracheostomies.
Taking time to look after someone is a labor of love, and unfortunately not everyone is properly compensated for the time that they put in when looking after someone else. Fortunately, CDPAP removes that worry, so people don’t have to feel caught between looking after the their loved ones, or picking up an extra shift at work. The pay rate for CDPAP caregivers varies depending on location. Caretakers could also be offered paid time off, health benefits, and a health benefits card!
For more information on CDPAP, you can read here.