Providing services to persons with intellectual and developmental
disabilities since 1956

ADULT FAMILY CARE (AFC)

Adult Family Care (AFC) is a MassHealth-funded program for individuals, 16-years-old and over, eligible for MassHealth Standard or MassHealth CommonHealth, who have a medical or mental condition and require daily cueing and supervision or physical assistance with at least one activity of daily living (ADL), such as bathing, dressing, eating, ambulating or toileting from an AFC caregiver. In addition to providing personal care, an AFC caregiver must live with the individual and provide or arrange for meals, transportation, companionship, and ordinary housework. The caregiver also manages medical appointments and medications, if needed.

Caregivers receive a tax-free stipend for the care they provide, which ranges from $9,000 - $18,000 annually, depending on the level of care necessary. They also receive on-going support from a registered nurse and a care manager. The caregiver may be a friend, parent or other relative, but may not be the spouse or legal guardian. All caregivers must pass a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a TB screening.

To learn more about this helpful program, contact:

Barbara Dunker, RN
AFC Program Director
781-899-1344 x 4710
bdunker@gwarc.org


Participant Requirements

  • Must be 16 years of age or older;
  • Must be unable to live alone because of a medical, physical or health mental condition;
  • Must require daily supervision or assistance with one or more activities of daily living (ADL);
  • Must not require full-time skilled nursing care;
  • Must be willing to live with your caregiver;
  • Must be eligible for MassHealth Standard or Common Health (or able to pay privately).

Caregiver Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older;
  • May be family members or non-family members; however, caregivers cannot be a spouse or legal guardian;
  • Must be able to devote appropriate time necessary to provide needed care and ensure the safety of the participant;
  • Will need to complete documentation of care;
  • Are required to have a yearly physical.

Caregiver Benefits

  • The caregiver will receive a tax-free stipend, ranging from $9,000-$18,000 annually, depending on the level of care required;
  • The caregiver receives ongoing support from a registered nurse and care manager;
  • The caregiver receives ongoing education, advocacy, and healthcare oversight.

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