How does CDPAP Help the Elderly and Disabled?

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Arranging home health care for an aging or disabled parent can be daunting. One of your options is hiring a home health aide to care for your family member. The downside is that home health aides have a full roster of clients to visit on a rigorous schedule, so your parent may not get the assistance they need for routine activities. The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program, also know as CDPAP, offers the advantage of increased daily coverage from an attendant for tasks usually performed by a home health aide or nurse.

The following list of activities of daily living (ADLs) points out where your parent requires assistance, and will help you understand how CDPAP can help the elderly and disabled.

List of ADLs

Senior couple at home living comfortably at home while receiving home care services.
Senior couple’s can live comfortably in their own home while receiving CDPAP.
  • dressing
  • grooming
  • feeding
  • bathing
  • toileting
  • transferring
  • meal preparation
  • driving
  • light housework
  • meal preparation
  • managing finances
  • physical taking of medications
  • arranging medical care


Hiring a personal assistant (PA) is normally quite costly, but through the CDPAP program your parent has the option to hire a friend or family member that has no prior care-giving experience to act as a their PA . Your parent will not even have to worry about the financial burden of paying the PA. The PA is paid through a contracted fiscal intermediary (FI) that administers the CDPAP plans.

The plans permit physically disabled, elderly, or chronically ill people to oversee their own care and choose their own caregiver. As part of the admitting process into the program, you and your parent have the opportunity to discuss and agree upon with a nurse the number of daily care hours assigned. CDPAP will help parent receive the assistance he or she needs to have the best quality of life possible in the comfort of their own home.

To learn more about CDPAP , or to register for services, check out our website at or give us a call at (718) 831-2900.

Please Note: Edison Home Health Care is a Fiscal Intermediary for CDPAP. We do not administer the program. We can help you navigate, but application and enrollment for CDPAP must go through your Local Department of Social Services or Medicaid plan.