Providing services to persons with intellectual and developmental
disabilities since 1956

ADULT FAMILY CARE (AFC)

Adult Family Care is a program for adults with disabilities or elderly individuals who are currently living at home with the care of a family member or friend. The Adult Family Care Program is funded by MassHealth and can provide significant financial support to anyone who is not a spouse and who is not legally responsible for the individual (i.e., not parents of minors or legal guardians) and who provides daily care for the individual. The caregiver is responsible for 24-hour care, including personal care, companionship and meal preparation.

Caregivers may receive up to $18,000 a year (depending on the Level of Care), as well as up to 14 days of respite care. Along with the financial benefit, caregivers will also be able to receive CPR/First Aid training and support from GWArc staff.

A registered nurse and care manager will conduct an onsite assessment to determine eligibility and to evaluate the home in which the individual and caregiver will be living.

Who is eligible for this program?

  • Must be 16 years of age or older
  • Must be unable to live alone because of a medical, physical, cognitive or mental condition
  • Must require daily assistance with one or more activities of daily living (ADLs)
  • 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)
  • Must receive approval from your physician
Who can be a caregiver?

  • Must be able to provide 24-hour supervision to individual
  • Must be over the age of 18
  • Caregivers may be family members or non-family members. However, caregivers cannot be a spouse or legal guardian
  • Caregivers will be asked to keep a daily log and participate in training, and will be visited on a monthly basis by AFC staff
  • Caregivers are required to have a current physical and TB test
  • *Caregivers are required to participate in CPR/First Aid training
  • *Caregivers will need to be approved for the program (interview, references and CORI check)

*Provided by GWArc

What does the AFC program cost?

  • Under the AFC Program, the qualified caregiver can receive up to $1,500 a month, depending on the Level of Care (Level 1 or Level 2) that the individual is eligible for
  • If the individual is eligible for MassHealth, then the monthly cost will be paid by MassHealth
  • Medicare does not pay for this program

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