Consumer Directed Choices

By Consumers, For Consumers

Make a difference in the life of a senior or a person with disabilities

When you become a personal assistant (PA) employed by a CDChoices consumer, you’ll enjoy a wide range of benefits while you help seniors and people with disabilities gain more independence over the care they receive.

Benefits include flexible schedules, high pay and quality healthcare benefits.

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CDChoices Headquarters
7 Washington Square, Albany, NY 12205
(518) 464-0810 • (800) 335-0810

Personal Assistant Benefits

  • Competitive wages
  • Paid time off
  • Holiday pay differential
  • A 401(k) retirement plan
  • Direct deposit and skylight card options
  • Supplemental benefits, such as life insurance and medical bridge insurance
  • Initial and annual health assessments paid for by CDChoices
  • Health and dental insurance

Personal Assistant Testimonials

 

PERSONAL ASSISTANT
REQUIREMENTS

We do not require special licenses or certifications to be employed by a consumer at CDChoices. To be eligible for employment, you must meet these five criteria:

  • You must be 18 years old
  • You must be legally eligible to work in the United States and have a qualifying photo ID
  • You cannot be the spouse or the custodial parent of the consumer who is hiring you
  • You must not have been excluded from working in Medicare, Medicaid or other federal health care programs
  • You must complete an initial and annual health assessment (as required by the New York State Department of Health)

It’s important to note that before a personal assistant can start working for a consumer at CDChoices, they’ll need to provide the consumer with pertinent information, sign a New York State Wage Notice, and complete a health assessment with PPD and immunizations.

Once you’re hired, it’s your consumer’s responsibility to help train you on the tasks that you’ll need to perform.

 

 

PERSONAL ASSISTANT
REQUIREMENTS

We do not require special licenses or certifications to be employed by a consumer at CDChoices. To be eligible for employment, you must meet these five criteria:

  • You must be 18 years old
  • You must be legally eligible to work in the United States and have a qualifying photo ID
  • You cannot be the spouse or the custodial parent of the consumer who is hiring you
  • You must not have been excluded from working in Medicare, Medicaid or other federal health care programs
  • You must complete an initial and annual health assessment (as required by the New York State Department of Health)

It’s important to note that before a personal assistant can start working for a consumer at CDChoices, they’ll need to provide the consumer with pertinent information, sign a New York State Wage Notice, and complete a health assessment with PPD and immunizations.

Once you’re hired, it’s your consumer’s responsibility to help train you on the tasks that you’ll need to perform.

 

Areas We Serve

CDChoices provides Fiscal Intermediary services to the following counties:

Albany
Allegany
Bronx
Broome
Cattaraugus
Cayuga
Chautauqua
Chemung
Chenango
Clinton
Columbia
Cortland
Delaware
Dutchess
Erie
Essex
Franklin
Fulton
Genesee
Greene
Hamilton
Herkimer
Jefferson
Kings
Lewis
Livingston
Madison
Monroe
Montgomery
Nassau
New York
Niagara
Oneida
Onondaga
Ontario
Orange
Orleans
Oswego
Otsego
Putnam
Queens
Rensselaer
Richmond
Rockland
St. Lawrence
Saratoga
Schenectady
Schoharie
Schuyler
Seneca
Steuben
Suffolk
Sullivan
Tioga
Tompkins
Ulster
Warren
Washington
Wayne
Westchester
Wyoming
Yates

Areas We Serve

CDChoices provides Fiscal Intermediary services to the following counties:

Albany
Allegany
Broome
Cattaraugus
Cayuga
Chautauqua
Chemung
Chenango
Clinton
Columbia
Cortland
Delaware
Dutchess
Erie
Essex
Franklin
Fulton
Genesee
Greene
Hamilton
Herkimer
Jefferson
Lewis
Livingston
Madison
Monroe
Montgomery
Niagara
Oneida
Onondaga
Ontario
Orange
Orleans
Oswego
Otsego
Putnam
Rensselaer
Rockland
St. Lawrence
Saratoga
Schenectady
Schoharie
Schuyler
Seneca
Steuben
Sullivan
Tioga
Tompkins
Ulster
Warren
Washington
Wayne
Westchester
Wyoming
Yates

What makes CDChoices a premier New York State provider of CDPA?

  • 20+ years of experience empowering consumers to live independently
  • Superior customer service from trustworthy, knowledgeable, and responsive staff
  • NYS CDPA leader for expertise, efficiency, and innovation
  • 2019 Nonprofit of the Year

Personal Assistant FAQs

  1. To be hired as a Personal Assistant for a CDPA Consumer:
  2. You must be 18 years old.
  3. You must be hired by a consumer/ designated representative using CDPA services.
  4. You must be legally eligible to work in the United States and have a Photo ID.
  5. You can NOT be the spouse or custodial parent of the consumer who is hiring you.
  6. You must NOT have been excluded from working in Medicare, Medicaid, or any other federal health care programs.
  7. You must complete an initial and annual Health Assessment (as required by the New York State Department of Health).

Yes, you can be hired by more than one consumer. Although just like any other time someone has multiple jobs, you – as the employee – need to communicate with your employers about any potential scheduling conflicts. Also, please know that there is paperwork you need to complete every time a new consumer hires you.

You can complete a profile here on www.portal.cdchoices.org. Once your profile is complete, you’ll be able to search for prospective employing consumers. You can limit your search by location (including nearness to your residence), language, and schedule. www.portal.cdchoices.org also allows consumers to search for job candidates, so make sure your profile is complete and accurate so you’re easy to find.

Consumer Directed Personal Assistance (CDPA) is independence and empowerment! Consumers - seniors and people with disabilities - using CDPA program have the power to recruit, hire, train, supervise, and terminate the employment of their personal assistants (PAs), rather than relying upon a stranger to choose their home care providers for them. As a PA, your employer will be either a consumer or a consumer’s designated representative, not CDChoices. This means that you’ll be coordinating everything directly with the person you care for. Your employer will work with you to arrange a schedule that works for both of you, and he or she will train and supervise you to perform the services you’ll be providing (as outlined in his or her plan of care). CDChoices, meanwhile, is a Fiscal Intermediary that helps consumers who have chosen CDPA for their homecare. CDChoices provides payroll services, benefits administration, and other administrative services on behalf of the consumer.

Your work schedule will be based upon the requirements of the consumer (employer) who hires you. Some employers need personal assistants seven days a week, while others only need someone a few days a week. Some personal assistants work as little as one or two hours a day, whereas others may work several hours a day. It all depends on what each individual consumer needs.

You and the consumer complete a weekly timesheet attesting to the number of hours you worked that week. Once a consumer submits the timesheets, CDChoices issues you a paycheck on his or her behalf.

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to required experience. Each consumer determines what experience or qualifications they want their employees to have. There is no special certification or aide training that’s required unless the consumer specifies it. Some consumers prefer the ease of training an experienced personal assistant, while others appreciate inexperienced personal assistants who are willing to learn how to do things the consumer’s way. No matter how much or how little experience you have, you may be able to find someone who thinks you would be a great fit. If you have a profile on www.portal.cdchoices.org, listing any experience you have may make yourself easier to find for consumers who are looking for someone just like you.

Visit www.chchoices.org for more information.

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