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A good caregiver becomes a member of your family and helps you or your loved one remain healthy, active, and part of the community.  They provide the compassionate care needed to make it through day-to-day activities while assisting you to maintain your desired level of independence.

The goal to remain safe, healthy, and independent in one’s own home is universal. Long term, individualized caregiving services are available to people and families of all ages with a wide array of disabilities. Generally, caregiving services provide support for activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, toileting, hygiene, meal preparation, and eating. This type of care also includes assistance with everyday tasks, known as instrumental activities of daily living, which make living at home easier. Instrumental tasks include shopping, laundry, light housework and integration into the community doing the things that you or your loved one enjoy. Additional homemaker and socialization services allow for cleaning and organizing beyond light housekeeping, cooking meals, shopping and errands, laundry, and socialization with our caregiver(s) in the home or out in the community.

In some cases, we can even provide support to get you to and from your medical appointments. Consumer Direct Care Network (CDCN) also offers respite services to provide relief to your primary unpaid caregiver while ensuring your needs are met. Your respite worker can provide personal care, support, supervision, and companionship.

The Difference between Agency-Based and Self-Directed Care

CDCN offers a variety of caregiving models to allow each member to choose their level of involvement in the management of their staff, schedules, and training. Both models of service offer quality, individualized care while maintaining the highest level of independence desired.

Agency Based (Traditional) Model: CDCN employs a team of caregivers who provide Agency-Based care. We recruit, hire, and schedule quality Personal Care Attendants (PCA) and Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) to provide in-home care to you or your loved one. This allows you to maintain independence without added responsibility.

Self-Directed Model: CDCN supports you to self-direct your care. This model allows you the added independence of choosing your own caregivers and coordinating your own schedule. Self-Directed Caregiving puts you further in charge of your care. CDCN will co-employ your caregivers allowing you to recruit, hire and train them, while we take care of the hiring paperwork, payroll tax processing, and ensuring your caregiver is paid.

The cost of caregiving services may be covered by Medicaid, the Veteran’s Administration, worker’s compensation, or some private insurance companies.

If you are uncertain which type of caregiving you need, our veteran team of professionals can assist you in choosing the appropriate level of care and educating you on benefits for which you may be eligible.