Category Archives: Blogs

Why Doesn’t Medicare Cover CDPAP?

As aging populations and individuals with disabilities seek independence and personalized care, programs like New York State’s Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) have emerged to meet this growing demand for self-directed care. The CDPA program allows recipients to select, train, and manage their caregivers, who assist with daily activities right in the comfort of […]


Navigating the Current Changes to CDPAP in New York Our state has a long history of fighting for its most vulnerable citizens—but now we are facing a severe test. Governor Hochul’s proposed Medicaid cuts stand to greatly impact the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP), which was established to promote choice, autonomy, independence, and empowerment […]

When Does Autism Qualify for In-Home Care?

If you care for someone with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), you may have asked yourself that very question. And while the answer isn’t entirely simple, it’s far from as complicated as you might think. The good news is Consumer Directed Choices is here to help you navigate the process, and empower you and your family […]

Brain Injuries and CDPAP: A Guide to CDPAP Services for Someone With A Brain Injury

Brain injuries are often silent battles, unseen by many but deeply felt by those affected, with the impact often rippling through every aspect of life—from physical abilities to cognitive function, emotional well-being, and beyond. It’s why, each year in March, Brain Injury Awareness Month is celebrated to bring attention to the prevention of brain injuries […]

Living at Home and Proximity to Loved Ones is the Key to a Long Life

Living at Home and Proximity to Loved Ones is Key to a Long Life We all know by now that (regrettably) the Fountain of Youth does not exist. Thankfully, modern healthcare does, and every day, a worldwide army of physicians and scientists is developing extraordinary innovations that help extend our lives. But that’s only one […]

Fair Pay For Home Care. What Do Caregivers Make In 2024?

In 2024, the crucial role of home care workers cannot be overstated. They provide vital support to those in need, enabling vulnerable individuals to maintain their independence and dignity within the comfort of their homes. In many cases, in-home caregivers and assistants even build deep relationships with the individuals they care for, becoming like family. […]

How Best to Honor Long-Term Care Workers for National Caregivers Day

How Best to Honor Long-Term Care Workers for National Caregivers Day You may not know that the third Friday in February is National Caregivers Day, but if you rely on someone for personal care and/or physical and emotional support—or if you are the person who provides that care—put this holiday on your annual calendar in […]

What Is Electronic Verification Visit (EVV) and How Does It Work in New York?

If you’ve been involved with Medicaid-funded in-home care in the last few years, you’ve likely heard of the term “Electronic Verification Visit,” or EVV. As ordered by the 21st Century Cures Act, the use of EVV is now required for “all Medicaid-funded personal care services (PCS) and home health services (HHCS) that require an in-home […]

Artificial Intelligence is here. How Will AI Benefit Consumers in 2024?

No doubt, you’ve heard a lot lately about Artificial Intelligence, or AI for short. This technology is already starting to revolutionize how we live our lives—and simultaneously impacting many industries, healthcare included. So, what does AI have in store for self-directed home care in 2024? From personalized wellness plans to advanced monitoring systems, AI has […]

10 Tips for Maximizing Respite Care

Life can often feel like a whirlwind, with everyone from parents to high-level executives feeling overwhelmed at times. In such situations, respite, or a period of rest or relief, becomes not only desirable but necessary. This is especially true for full-time caregivers, who dedicate their lives to caring for their loved ones while often putting […]