CDPAP is a great program for individuals on Medicaid who want to direct their own care. The program allows qualified consumers to hire and direct their own personal care aid.

But what if you don’t have, or can’t find a personal care aid to be your caregiver?

If you want to take advantage of the program, but you don’t have a caregiver in mind or available to you, don’t worry. We’ve put together a few places to begin your search for an aid on your own.

Keep reading to learn more about using the following tools to secure your own aid:

  • Online hiring sites
  • Newspaper ads
  • Word of mouth
  • Community bulletins
  • Social Media

If the only reason you are not taking advantage of CDPAP is because you can’t find a personal care aid, this blog is a great place to start.

Use Online Job Boards to Find a Personal Care Aid

Like any other employer searching for help, you can use online hiring sites and job boards to search for an aid. Sites like Care.com, Indeed, ZipRecruiter, and Monster allow you to create and post a job to a large, online audience. There are pros and cons to using online job boards to find a personal care aid.

Pros: You will reach a large audience of qualified candidates

Cons: Higher likelihood of scams, you are less likely to work with someone you already know and trust

If you do not have wide access to community resources, using a job board is a great place to get the word out about your need for a personal care aid.

Use Newspaper Ads To Find a Personal Care Aid

Your local community newspaper is a great place to advertise your need for a personal care aid. There may be a small cost associated with it, but most local newspapers still have a large readership, and there is a good chance that even if qualified personal care aid does not read your ad, someone in their life will share it with them. This brings us to our next method – word of mouth!

Use Word of Mouth To Find a Personal Care Aid

When all else fails, you can always rely on acquaintances, neighbors, friends, and family to spread the word about your need for a personal care aid! Let as many people in your life as possible know that you are looking for a personal care aid, and ask them to spread the word to everyone they know. Here in Western New York, there are only a few degrees of separation between one person and almost everyone in the city – small towns tend to have that in common!

In general, people like to help people, so the more people you tell, the higher the chances are they will alert anyone in their network they think might be able to point you to a personal care aid. Or maybe, they might even know one themselves! You never know unless you ask!

Use Community Bulletins To Find a Personal Care Aid

Your local coffee shop, hair salon, grocery store, gym, laundromat, bookstore, library, senior center, or apartment complex will very likely have a community bulletin board that members of the community can use to spread information. Create a flyer advertising your need for a personal care aid and post it on as many bulletin boards as you can find! Attach your phone number, email address, or contact information of someone you trust so that personal care aids can get in touch with you.

Need more ideas of where to find a community bulletin board? Click here!

Use Social Media to Find a Personal Care Aid

The great thing about social media is that you can reach everyone in your social network at once with one post. If you are on Facebook, this is a great place to start. Write a post letting your network know that you are looking for a personal care aid, and encourage your network to share the post as well. This way, the post will spread into the network of your network. It’s a great alternative to a digital job board if you prefer to work with someone you know, or a referral from someone you know.

What’s Next?

Once you find a personal care aid, the team at Trusted Choice Homecare will handle the costs associated with your caregiver. We’ll take of onboarding medical assessments and checklists, weekly payment for your personal care aid, compliance check-ins, and more.

For more information about the program, visit our eligibility page or apply for CDPAP here!