Consumer Directed Services

There are many advertisements about Consumer Directed Services, or “CDS” programs. You’ve seen commercials and billboards that say you can earn money caring for a loved one. What does that really mean? Our FAQs will help:

What is the CDS Program?

CDS stands for ‘Consumer Directed Services’. Funded by Missouri Medicaid, this program enables people who need help at home to direct, train, and employ their own caregivers. They can hire friends or family members to help them, and their friend/family member gets paid to do so!

How Do You Qualify?

If you have an active Medicaid number, and you need help with personal care tasks (like bathing, dressing, cooking, cleaning).

Next, you must be able to train, direct, and employ your own caregiver—with help from us.

If you cannot train, direct, and employ your own caregiver, we can still help you through our traditional In-Home Services program, where we employ, staff and train your caregivers.

Tell Me What I Should Know About the CDS Program:

Funded by Missouri Medicaid

Great for someone who needs help at home but who doesn’t want a stranger caring for them!

Great for someone who is already caring for a family member or friend-now they can earn money while doing so!

Do People Understand the CDS Program? What Are Some Myths or Misunderstandings About the CDS Program?

There are many ads about the CDS program that all say different things but the facts are that it is funded by Missouri Medicaid and every provider is paid the same amount of money for this service. There are also a lot of new and inexperienced companies and people doing this program.

You should choose your CDS provider by considering 3 things: how long have they been in business? How long have their employees worked for them? And, what do their current clients say about them?

How Do I Get Started?

Call our Intake Nurses at 1-800-HOMECARE which is 1-800-466-3227. They’ll answer your questions, determine if you qualify and/or help you get started. Cooperative Home Care accepts every home care funding-Medicaid, Medicare and Private. Our Intake Nurse always help you access every type of funding, before you pay out of pocket.

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