Understanding CDPAP: A Complete Guide


Navigating the world of home care can be overwhelming, especially when you encounter various acronyms and terms like CDPAP. This guide aims to offer a comprehensive understanding of the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP), a unique model in home care that puts you in control.

What is CDPAP?

CDPAP stands for Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program. Unlike traditional home care services, CDPAP allows the individual requiring care, or their family, to choose, train, and manage their caregivers.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for CDPAP, you need to:

  • Require home care assistance
  • Be capable of directing your care or have a designated representative who can
  • Be eligible for Medicaid

How CDPAP Differs from Traditional Home Care


In traditional home care, the agency assigns caregivers. With CDPAP, you select your caregivers.


CDPAP caregivers can perform a wider range of tasks, including administering medication or injections.

Personal Connection

Since you choose your caregiver, it’s often easier to select someone you already have a relationship with, like a friend or family member.

How to Apply for CDPAP

  1. Consult Your Physician: Get a home care recommendation.
  2. Submit Required Paperwork: Usually includes a medical examination form and proof of Medicaid eligibility.
  3. Interview and Select Caregivers: Vet candidates thoroughly since you’ll be in charge of training them.

Advantages of CDPAP

  • Personalized Care: Tailor-made solutions for your specific needs.
  • Empowerment: You’re in charge of who enters your home and provides your care.

Common Misconceptions about CDPAP

It’s Complicated

While there are responsibilities involved, many find the ability to customize care outweighs the cons.

It’s Expensive

CDPAP is often covered by Medicaid, making it financially accessible for many families.


The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program offers a more personalized approach to home care. Its flexibility, combined with the power it gives to consumers, makes it a preferred choice for those who require specialized assistance at home.

If you’re eligible and think CDPAP may be right for you, take the necessary steps to apply and regain control over your home care needs.

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