Frequently Asked Questions
Learn more about working in Consumer Directed Personal Assistance. If your question is not listed below, contact us for more information.
What are the requirements to work as a Personal Assistant in CDPA?
To be hired as a Personal Assistant for a CDPA Consumer:
- You must be 18 years old.
- You must be hired by a Consumer/ Designated Representative using CDPA services.
- You must be legally eligible to work in the United States and have a Photo ID.
- You can NOT be the spouse or custodial parent of the Consumer who is hiring you.
- You must NOT have been excluded from working in Medicare, Medicaid, or any other federal health care programs.
- You must complete an initial and annual Health Assessment (as required by the New York State Department of Health).
Can I work for more than 1 Consumer?
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.
How do I look for a job as a Personal Assistant?
You can fill complete a profile here on PAChoices. Once your profile is active, you’ll be able to search for prospective employing Consumers. You can limit your search by location (including nearness to a bus line), gender, language, and schedule. PAChoices also allows Consumers to search for job candidates, so make sure your profile is complete and accurate so you’re easy to find.
What makes CDPA different?
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.
Is this a regular 9 - 5, Monday - Friday job, or are there weekend hours?
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.
If the Consumer is my Employer, how do I get paid?
You and the Consumer complete a weekly time sheet attesting to the number of hours you worked that week. Once a Consumer submits the time sheets, CDChoices issues you a paycheck on his or her behalf.
What level of experience are Consumers looking for?
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 PAChoices, listing any experience you have may make yourself easier to find for Consumers who are looking for someone just like you.