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First Person: Riley B.

Riley has been using Consumer Directed Personal Assistance (CDPA) for nearly twelve years. Riley lives in Latham with his parents, sister, and two dogs. CDPA enables him to be very involved in giving back to the community.

“I’m a volunteer at Albany Medical Center. I do bedside care and just talk to them and offer them magazines and books. On Wednesdays, I volunteer with the Patient Relations Department. Basically, what that entails is I give them directions when they enter the hospital, and I can take them wherever they need to go.”

Because of CDPA, Riley is able to volunteer at Teresian House Center for the Elderly on Friday. “I do Pastoral Care work…it’s a gratifying job to know that you’re helping.”

Riley’s PAs help him with daily living activities, meal preparation, and helping around the house. For him, volunteering at Albany Medical Center and the Teresian House would be more difficult without CDPA.

“My everyday life before I had Personal Assistance was very hard because the demand was on my parents most of the time to take care of me.”

When he’s home, Riley likes to watch tv, play on his iPad, and play with his two dogs. He couldn’t imagine life without CDPA.

“I benefit because they make my life a whole lot easier. Consumer Directed Personal Assistance has really been a godsend because it has given my parents and myself a piece of mind.”

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