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We’re here to make living at home safer and easier

In-home assistance for qualified individuals with a focus on help with activities of daily living, home safety and personal care. Our team of professionals includes:

  • Registered Nurses
  • Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Certified Home Health Aides
  • Facility Based Care
  • Private Duty Personal Care Attendants (PCA)

Answer a few questions to see how Elara Caring may be able to help with your daily needs.

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Does your condition limit your ability to care for yourself in your home?*

Do you or a loved one need help with any of these activities?*

Check each box that applies

Do you or a loved one need support with any of these activities?*

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may benefit from personal care services. Elara Caring may be able to help determine your eligibility.

Consumer Directed Personal Assistant Program (CDPAP)

Consumer Directed Personal Assistant Program (CDPAP)

CDPAP is a New York State Medicaid program that allows consumers to recruit, hire, and direct their own home care workers. The program allows Consumers the flexibility to hire family members and friends to care for them in the Consumer’s own home. The program is designed to provide the Consumer an alternative to an assigned aide by home care servicing agency, and to allow the consumer more choice and flexibility in home care.

Frequently Asked Questions

CDPAP is Consumer Directed Personal Assistant Program, a New York State Medicaid program that allows patients to recruit, hire, and direct their own home care workers. The program allows the flexibility to hire family members and friends to care for them in their own home. CDPAP is designed to provide an alternative to an assigned aide and to allow more choice and flexibility in home care.

You must have Medicaid or be eligible for Medicaid, require home care, and be self-directing, or have a representative that can direct your care. To be self-directing, one must be capable of making choices regarding one’s activity of daily living and the management of his or her consumer directed personal assistants; understand the impact of these choices; and assumes responsibility for the results of these choices. Additional factors may assist in determining qualifications for CDPAP. Please contact a CDPAP representative at 833.463.5272 to learn more.

For more information regarding our CDPAP program, please call 833.463.5272 to speak to a CDPAP representative.

The program allows the flexibility to hire family members and friends to care for them. The person must be an adult who is not “legally responsible” for a Medicaid consumer’s care and support may be a CDPAP Personal assistant.

Those excluded from being a personal assistant:

  • Designated representatives
  • Spouses

However, a parent of an adult child (21 years of age or older) may serve as that adult child’s CDPAP personal assistant.

Individuals train their personal assistants to perform the tasks they need done whether those tasks are medical or not.

A fiscal intermediary acts as the payroll agent for the patient and personal assistant. Elara Caring will be the fiscal intermediary and enter into an agreement with the patient. The agreement will describe each party’s responsibilities under the CDPAP program, including the fiscal intermediary’s responsibilities, which include processing each personal assistant’s wages, processing all income tax and other required wage withholdings and complying with worker’s compensation, disability and unemployment requirements, which include:

  • Maintaining plan authorizations
  • Maintaining personnel records
  • Ensuring the health status of each personal assistant is assessed prior to rendering service
  • Monitoring the patient’s continuing ability to self-direct

Find out more about how Elara Caring can help.

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