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State DOH Confirms: All Household Members Valid CDPAS Aides for Immediate Family

June 21, 2016

By Mendy Hecht, Hamaspik Gazette

Critical Rule Clarified After Months of Work by State Sen. Felder, HamaspikCare

After months of positive and proactive communication between the New York State Department of Health (DOH), the offices of State Sen. Simcha Felder and HamaspikCare, it’s official: Any household member of a person getting DOH-approved CDPAS services can serve as an aide.

That now means that members of the “sandwich generation”—people with their own homes and families who are also caring for their own parents—can serve as personal aides to their own parents with home-care needs, even if those parents are living with them in their home.  It also means that they can serve as aides to grandparents, siblings or any family member under the same roof.

Under the Consumer Directed Personal Aide Service (CDPAS), a New York State Medicaid program, seniors needing help around the house can be provided with a personal aide.

Personal aides are readily available for qualifying seniors through community home-care agencies like HamaspikCare.

While CDPAS rules allow for children and other relatives to serve as aides for their beloved parents or grandparents, they couldn’t do that if they lived with their parents or grandparents.

That is, until now.

A joint effort by Sen. Felder and staff and HamaspikCare Downstate Director Mordechai Wolhendler resulted in a late-June clarification from the DOH: Immediate relatives living in the same home as CDPAS beneficiaries may be personal aides for those beneficiaries.

The clarification is effective immediately, Wolhendler tells the Gazette—adding a reminder that personal aides must always be at least 18 years of age.

The clarification is the second improvement to an increasingly responsive state program. 

In April of this year, in another breakthrough also championed by Sen. Felder, the DOH allowed for parents to serve as CDPAS aides to their own adult children with special needs who live with them at home—as long at said children with disabilities are age 21 or older.

That successful effort was a response to numerous parents faced with the choice of caring for their children with disabilities at home and not going to work, or going out to work and leaving their adult children at home alone with no help (or outside help).

For more information, please contact HamaspikCare at 718- 408-6700 (Brooklyn), 845-503-0700 (Hudson Valley), or intake@hamaspikcare.org.