Adult Family Care (AFC) is a program for frail elders and adults with disabilities who cannot safely live alone. AFC adults live with trained and committed caregivers who provide daily care. Caregivers may be family members (except spouses) or non-family members.
AFC participants need daily help with personal care, but want to live in a family setting rather than in a nursing home or other facility. The caregiver provides meals, personal care assistance, escort to medical appointments and medication monitoring. Caregivers may be individuals, couples or families.
AFC staff matches participants with carefully screened caregivers and provides ongoing support and training. 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 $18,250 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. For new caregivers, the AFC Program can offer a unique employment opportunity.