Low Pay Affecting Consumer Directed Care
New Yorkers are finding it increasingly difficult to find in-home care for disabled or aging family members , or for themselves, according to a new report from the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State. Consumers - the people searching for the caretakers - say low wages under the CDPA Medicaid program are mostly to blame. A quarter of consumers say they are paying out of pocket to supplement wages for caretakers or personal assistants, in order to keep them from leaving for a higher paying job. Bryan O'Malley, the Executive Director of the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association, and Denise DiNoto, a consumer from the Capital Region, explain the issue.