What Is Adult Foster Care?
When people hear the term “foster care,” they typically think of the child foster care system. Adult Foster Care programs are quite different. Funded by MassHealth, Adult Foster Care (AFC) supports a family member or friend who is helping with activities of daily living, such as dressing, bathing, and meal preparation for older adults or people with disabilities in their own home. In return, AFC caregivers receive a monthly stipend to help with the financial responsibility of providing full-time care.
How Does It Work?
Our CARF-accredited AFC program enables care recipients with a physical disability or chronic illness to remain in a home environment with continuous supervision, support and assistance from caregivers who receive a monthly stipend to help with the financial responsibility of providing full-time care. To participate, AFC care recipients must be at least 16 years of age and eligible to receive MassHealth (Standard or CommonHealth). Although caregivers are often family members, a prior relationship with the person in their care is not required; however, an AFC caregiver cannot be a spouse or legal guardian. Other program restrictions apply.
Our Options Counselor can review all AFC program requirements with you and assist you with the application process.
Why Choose Us?
Our AFC program is certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), which demonstrates our commitment to delivering personalized support while meeting the highest standards of care. Our seasoned case managers and registered nurses are dedicated to supporting AFC participants and caregivers by providing oversight of their physical and emotional wellbeing. Other supports include:
- coordinating social services including referrals to Adult Day Health programs and respite care;
- offering caregiver support groups and one-on-one counseling; and
- visiting with AFC program participants regularly to ensure that they continue to thrive together in a safe and comfortable environment.