Consumer Directed Services

Here's an Overview of CDS

Consumer-directed services (CDS) represent a model of home-based care where individuals who require assistance with daily living tasks are given the autonomy to manage their own care. This approach allows recipients to hire, train, supervise, and, in some cases, terminate caregivers of their choosing. Consumer-directed services aim to empower individuals to make decisions about their care, promoting independence and self-determination.

Personal Care

CDS enables individuals to hire caregivers to assist with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing, grooming, dressing, toileting, and mobility assistance. Recipients have the flexibility to choose caregivers who can provide the specific assistance they need.

Chore Services

CDS enables individuals to hire caregivers to assist with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing, grooming, dressing, toileting, and mobility assistance. Recipients have the flexibility to choose caregivers who can provide the specific assistance they need.

Companionship

Recipients of consumer-directed services have the option to hire caregivers who can provide companionship, social interaction, and emotional support. This aspect of care can help alleviate loneliness and improve overall well-being.

Flexible Scheduling

Recipients of consumer-directed services have the option to hire caregivers who can provide companionship, social interaction, and emotional support. This aspect of care can help alleviate loneliness and improve overall well-being.

Training & Supervision

Consumers are responsible for hiring and training caregivers to ensure they have the necessary skills and qualifications to provide quality care. Recipients may also supervise caregivers to ensure that care is delivered according to their preferences and standards.

Financial Management

In consumer-directed programs, recipients may receive a budget or allocation of funds to cover the cost of hiring caregivers. Individuals are responsible for managing their budget, including payroll processing, tax obligations, and compliance with program regulations.

Advocacy & Support

Consumer-directed programs often provide resources, information, and support to help individuals navigate the complexities of managing their own care. This may include assistance with recruiting caregivers, resolving conflicts, and accessing community resources.

Consumer-directed services are typically administered through Medicaid waiver programs, state-funded programs, or other government initiatives aimed at promoting home and community-based care. Eligibility criteria and available services may vary by state or jurisdiction.