Hire a family member or friend to care for you and they’ll get paid.
CDPAP is a statewide Medicaid program that provides an alternative to traditional home care services. The unique part of this program is that the Consumer (individual receiving care) or their Designated Representative gets to choose who provides their care and how it is provided.
Consumers can even choose a family member, neighbor, or friend to become their paid personal care assistant – eliminating the stress of having strangers in your home. The consumer or designated representative will be responsible for recruiting, interviewing, hiring, training, supervising, scheduling, and dismissing personal care assistants of their choice.
Where does RECCO fit in?
As part of the program, Consumers must choose a Fiscal Intermediary (FI) to act as their liaison between the Consumer and the local Department of Social Services/Managed Health Care Plan. As the FI, Recco will assist you with all phases of the CDPAP program, provide you with all necessary documents that need to be completed for you and your Personal Assistants. Recco will process each Personal Assistant’s payroll weekly as well as mandated tax withholdings and insurance requirements. We are here to help every step of the way!
What does it mean to be licensed and do all home care agencies need to be licensed by NYS?New York State does require that all home care agencies be licensed in order to perform “hands on” personal care. It does not, however, require licensing of “Companion” agencies. These unlicensed agencies are not required to follow any regulations to ensure client safety. They are not required to do fingerprinting or background checks on their employees. They are also NOT permitted to do any tasks for the client like dressing, bathing, assist with walking, transferring. They are only permitted to provide companion services. Once the client’s condition changes and they need more direct care, they would then need to be transferred to a Licensed Agency. Some licensed agencies also perform companion services. This is the ideal situation when looking for companion services. Using an agency that is licensed will make the transition easier if the client’s needs should change and more care is needed. The personal care services would then transfer over seamlessly, without having to change agencies.
What type of questions should I ask when selecting a home care provider?There are many important factors to consider in choosing the best agency to meet your needs. We feel one of the most important factors is …is the Agency licensed by NYS, are they Joint Commission or CHAP Accredited, How many years has the agency been serving your community? Is the agency an approved Medicaid provider (if applicable)? Do they take your Managed Care Insurance (if applicable)? When should we consider home health care? The time to consider home health care for you or a loved one is when help is needed with some or all of the normal activities of daily living, such as hygiene, housekeeping, cooking, shopping or even walking steadily without assistance. Other indications maybe that more help is needed than the family is able to offer or there is an increase in forgetfulness that may prove dangerous because of medications improperly taken or stove burners being left on.
What type of employee screening is done on your staff?All our Home Health Aides and Personal Care Aides go through a rigorous application process with Recco. They are required to have a valid certificate. They must be fingerprinted and their references are checked, as well as up to date medical and immunizations before they are permitted to work for any client.
What type of licensures and certifications do you have?Recco Home Care Service, Inc. is licensed by the New York State Department of Health. In order to maintain that license, we must adhere to strict guidelines and regulations. We are also Accredited by The Joint Commission and have earned their “Gold Seal” of approval.
What is the difference from a Home Health Aide/Personal Care aide and a Companion?Homemaker/companions are primarily that….a companion. They are not permitted to do any “hands on care” to the client. The primary role of a companion would be meal preparation, housekeeping and shopping. If the client requires more assistance, like help with bathing, dressing, walking, etc. then a Home Health Aide or Personal Care Aide would be needed.
Is home health care expensive?Home health care costs differ greatly depending on the individual case, but are usually much lower than the long-term care facility alternative. Often the costs are buffered or completely covered by a third party such as insurance or special government programs designed to assist handicapped, disabled or injured people and their families. What’s more is that home health care is billed based on usage. That is to say that if you only use one hour of service, you’re only billed for one hour unlike a long term facility which bills around the clock whether care is being given or not.
CDPAP Service Locations
For over 25 years, Recco has been providing FI services to CDPAP Consumers throughout New York State. Recco was one of the first licensed agencies to be awarded the program in Suffolk County when it began in 1999. Since then, we have expanded our FI services to Nassau, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, and Westchester counties. We are excited to announce, we have now been selected as a LEAD FI by NYSDOH and awarded the following additional counties, further expanding our services throughout New York State: Albany, Erie, Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Richmond, Rockland, Saratoga Schenectady, Schoharie.
Why Should Recco Home Care Service be my Fiscal Intermediary for CDPAP?
We believe in empowering our clients to get the care and services they need, when and how they need them.
Our staff is highly knowledgeable in all phases of the CDPAP program for over 25 years.
We act as the liaison between the Department of Social Services or your Managed Care Health Plan, Consumer/Designated Representative, and your chosen Personal Assistant(s).
We are here to help you manage and guide you with this unique and personalized program.
Recco Home Care Service has been selected as an approved Lead Fiscal Intermediary by New York State and is looking forward to new business collaborations.
Since the birth of home care, we were one of the first and still remain a leader in the industry. We have over 50 years of knowledge, commitment, and quality-care are just a few reasons why we are your perfect CDPAP partner.