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CDPAP Caregiver Requirements in NY

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Becoming a Caregiver Through CDPAP

The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) empowers those individuals who are elderly or have disabilities in New York State to play an active role in their own home care by selecting caregivers they trust. This personalized approach has made CDPAP a favored option for many. To pursue a role as a caregiver within this program, there are specific qualifications that must be met. We’ll delve into the prerequisites for becoming a CDPAP caregiver, ensuring that interested parties understand what is needed to embark on this rewarding caregiving path.

What do Health Aide Caregivers do?

personal care
Personal Care
meal preparation
Meal Prep
chair transfer
Chair Transfer
Light Housekeeping
medication reminder
Medication Reminders
client safety
Keeping Clients Safe

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Requirements to Become a Caregiver under CDPAP:

Valid Identification

You will need an unexpired picture ID, such as a NYS ID, Driver’s License, Passport, Permanent Resident Card, or Work Authorization Card. Please note that only original IDs are accepted; copies will not be accepted.

Caregivers must be at least 18 years old and legally authorized to work in the United States.

Requirements to Become a Caregiver under CDPAP:
Social Security Card

Ensure you have your Social Security Card as part of your A pre-employment physical is required, and it should be completed no later than 6 months from the application date.

Rubella Lab Report

The results from the Rubella Lab Report must show that you are immune or have high immunity. If the lab report shows low immunity, you’ll need to provide proof of at least 1 vaccine, including the date of administration and the name and license number of the person who administered the vaccine.

Rubeola (Measles) Lab Report

Similar to the Rubella Lab Report, the results for Rubeola (Measles) Lab Report should show that you are immune or have high immunity. If the lab report indicates low immunity, you must provide proof of 2 vaccines, including the date of administration and the name and license number of the person who administered the vaccines.

Two-step TST (PPD) or IGRA QuantiFERON

You should have completed a two-step TST (PPD) or IGRA QuantiFERON test within the previous 12 months, along with a TB Risk Assessment. If your PPD test is positive, you must also have a CHEST X-RAY Report (NOT a Doctor’s note) containing the Doctor’s signature and license number.

Criminal Background Check

Caregivers are subject to a criminal background check to ensure they have no record that would hinder their ability to work with vulnerable individuals. For example, a history of violent crime or abuse would disqualify a caregiver.

Health Assessment

Caregivers must be physically and emotionally capable of providing necessary care, as assessed by a healthcare professional. For instance, if a caregiver can’t lift heavy objects or assist with mobility due to a physical condition, they may not qualify to work as a CDPAP caregiver.

Eligibility Requirements for Becoming a CDPAP Personal Assistant

CDPAP Personal Assistant

Ability to Provide Care Independently

Personal assistants must be able to provide care without direct supervision from a registered nurse or other healthcare professional. This means they must have the necessary skills and experience to provide care independently.

Not Spouse of Care Recipient

CDPAP caregivers cannot be the spouse of the care recipient to avoid conflicts of interest or ethical concerns. The caregiver’s role is to provide professional care services to the individual.

Willingness to Undergo Training

Personal assistants must be willing to undergo training to learn how to provide care aligned with the individual’s needs. Training, typically provided by a healthcare professional, covers topics like medication management, wound care, and mobility assistance.

Effective Communication Skills

Effective communication is crucial in this role. Personal assistants must communicate clearly with the care recipient, their family, and other caregivers. This includes understanding instructions, asking questions when necessary, and reporting any concerns.

CDPAP Family Caregiver
CDPAP Caregiver Requirements

Completion of Required Training Program

CDPAP caregivers must complete an approved training program covering various caregiving topics. This program ensures they have the knowledge and skills to provide safe and effective care. Topics covered may include infection control, first aid, emergency response, safety procedures, and assistance with daily living activities.

Cannot Be the Consumer's Designated Representative:

The personal assistant must not serve as the care recipient’s designated representative. This separation ensures clear roles and responsibilities in managing the care recipient’s needs.

Pre-Employment Physical Examination:

Personal assistants must undergo and pass a pre-employment physical exam to ensure they are physically capable of providing the necessary care and support.

Valid ID and Proof of Insurance

If the personal assistant is responsible for driving the care recipient, they must possess a valid driver’s license and provide proof of auto insurance.

Becoming a Caregiver through CDPAP
CDPAP home care agency

Completion of W-4 and I-9 Forms:

Personal assistants must complete a W-4 form for tax withholding and an I-9 form to verify their eligibility to work in the United States.

Licensing Requirements:

While there is no specific license requirement for CDPAP personal assistants, they must meet the other criteria outlined above to be eligible for the program.

FAQ: Becoming a CDPAP Caregiver in New York

Your adult children, other relatives, friends, or even your current home aide can serve as your caregiver through CDPAP. However, there are specific restrictions; caregivers cannot be:

    • Your legal spouse
    • Your designated representative
    • Your parents, if you are under 21 years of age.

Yes, you can be your mother’s caregiver if she is enrolled in Medicaid and resides in New York State.

You can become your son’s caregiver only if he is 21 years of age or older. Parents are not permitted to be caregivers for their children who are under the age of 21 within this program.

No, legally married couples are not allowed to serve as each other’s caregivers within the CDPAP.

Yes, you can be your neighbor’s caregiver, provided they are Medicaid recipients living in New York State.

Certainly, as long as your sister has Medicaid coverage and lives in the state of New York, you can be her caregiver.

Absolutely! If you are at least 18 years old, you qualify to be a caregiver.

Citizenship isn’t a requirement, but you must have valid work authorization. For more information on obtaining this, please contact us at (347) 625-3190.

Yes, there are no rules against living in the same household as the patient for whom you’re providing care.

Yes, you can split caregiving duties with the existing home health aide as long as they agree to be part of CDPAP.

As long as you can manage the required caregiving hours alongside your part-time job, you’re eligible to be a caregiver.

No, CDPAP does not require you to have certifications or prior training. You just need to be willing and capable of caring for someone in need.

If you’re 18 or older and legally allowed to work in the U.S., you’re well on your way to approval. You’ll need to undergo a physical exam, complete some paperwork, and present your ID. There’s no need to visit our office — we can conduct the necessary approvals at the patient’s residence.

Yes, a physical examination is part of the approval process. You can call our office at (347) 625-3190 to learn more about the specifics.

Caregivers at Health Aide Inc. have the advantage of accruing paid sick leave. For every 30 hours worked, they earn 1 hour of paid sick leave, which can be accumulated up to 56 hours per year. These hours are compensated at the caregiver’s current pay rate, and caregivers can access this paid leave at any time.

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