Adult Foster Care Provides Support in These Ways
- The AFC Program provides a Qualified AFC Team consisting of a Nurse and a Case Manager who provide support, training and education to the Member and the Caregiver.
- The AFC Team assists members to achieve a contented and fulfilled life by helping the member identify and achieve their goals.
- The AFC Team will collaborate with other providers with, or on behalf of the member.
- The AFC Team advocates for both the member and the caregiver to ensure their needs are met.
- The AFC Program offers a 24 hour emergency support line.
Who is Eligible?
- Have MassHealth Standard or CommonHealth (may be a member of a Senior Care Options (SCO) or One Care Plan). Private pay option is available.
- Have a chronic medical or psychiatric condition
- Unable to live safely alone
- Require assistance with at least one of the following: bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring between positions, ambulating or eating
- Age 16 or older
Become a Caregiver
Caregivers are paid a tax-free monthly stipend by MassHealth. Depending upon the level of need of the participant, a caregiver can receive up to $20,900 a year. This stipend can be the deciding factor in caring for a loved one at home versus placing them in a skilled nursing facility. As care needs increase and more time is required to provide the care, the stipend can serve to replace income lost when a family member becomes unable to work outside the home.
The AFC Program offers a unique employment opportunity.
- Must maintain a private home environment in good repair and large enough to accommodate both the AFC participant(s) and all other residents of the home
- Caregiver must be at least 18 years of age, with the ability to make mature and sound judgments
- Must be readily available and physically capable to provide supervision and hands-on-assistance
- Willingness to work cooperatively with Greater Springfield Senior Services in ensuring a high quality of life for the participant