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How to Avail Paid Caregiving For Your Family Member In New York State

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Healthcare for the elderly in New York and other states is provided through Medicaid. CDPAP is a caregiver authorizing program for the senior citizens of the United States who are vulnerable and require human assistance to carry out daily living tasks. The Medicaid program sponsors the remuneration of the family member nominated by the senior citizen as their official caretaker/nurse. 

CDPAP stands for Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program. It allows the beneficiary to choose their own caregivers

A caregiver can be a friend or a family member except for the spouse or the parent of the beneficiary.

The CDPAP program is based on the understanding that no one can provide better care than a friend or a close family member. This program is based on how human relationships form the core of caretaking.

The concept of paid caregiving to an elder is sensitive to both the beneficiary and the caregiver. This is why caregiving is listed as a full-time job because the caregiver invests his/her life and time in maintaining the well-being of the person they are looking after.

No one wishes to be a burden to their family members, especially the parents and grandparents who wish to see their children focus on their careers instead of taking care of them. This is why the CDPAP program terms this as essential caregiving paid service to compensate the time and effort of the caregiver adequately.

The elderly are provided with an intermediary who manages the payments to the caregiver before they can avail the benefits of the CDPAP program.

Conditions For Receiving Care

We have simplified the criteria for who can be nominated as a caregiver. They must comply with the below terms and conditions:

  • The beneficiary must be covered under Medicaid in New York State.
  • The beneficiary should be genuinely incapable of taking care of themselves. They will need to prove their incapacity to carry out daily chores through an ADL (Activities of Daily Living) or IADL (Instrumental Activities of Daily Living) test.
  • The beneficiary or their nominated caregiver would need to prove they know the job or a representative needs to be brought in who is able to guide someone else about caregiving.
  • Anyone who is appointed by the beneficiary needs to have already been taking care of them or the elderly has an assurance that the person they are nominating will be willing and capable to take care of them.

Conditions For Potential Caregiving Candidate

  • What are the proofs a caregiver needs to submit to apply to the caregiving program?
  • Proof that the elderly already wants to or would be willing to hire you as their caregiver
  • Proof of American citizenship or legal working status in the US
  • Proof that you are of legal working age
  • Completed Personal Assistant (PA) application package provided by the compensation intermediary.
  • Completed pre-employment physical exam that proves you are physically sound to provide the caregiving required by the beneficiary. 


Caregiving is an interpersonal job that cannot be performed by machines yet. No special training is required for this work. The only way to learn is on the job, directed by the elderly about how to take care of them. 

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