This month Kathy Kopitsky, Director of the Adult Family Care (AFC) program at the Minute Man Arc in Concord has shared insightful blogs of how Adult Family Care is a great option to living alone, nursing home or other institutional care settings. Adult Family Care is an exciting and growing statewide program in Massachusetts.
What is Adult Family Care?
The term Adult Family Care (AFC) is also known as Adult Foster Care. AFC is a MassHealth program which supports individuals age 16 and older who are unable to live independently due to a medical, physical, cognitive or mental disability. AFC participants live with trained paid caregivers who provide daily care with activities of daily living (ADLs).
Certain relatives of a MassHealth member may serve as that member’s AFC caregiver. Spouses, parents of a minor member (including adoptive parents), or any “legally responsible” relative of the member may not become an AFC caregiver.
For additional information about Adult Family Care, click on MassResources.org link. Scroll down to the A-Z Program list on the left and click on Adult Family Care / Adult Foster Care (AFC). Here you will find excellent comprehensive information about adult family care eligibility, caregiver information, and how to apply for AFC services.
Locating AFC Provider Agency
Currently there are fifty seven AFC provider agencies in Massachusetts. To locate an AFC provider near you:
- Contact your local Aging Services Access Point (ASAP) to request list of AFC providers in your area. To locate your local ASAP call 1-800-AGE-INFO (243-4636), TDD/TTY 1-800-872-0166, or go on-line to ASAP Locator
- Contact Beth Shelton, MassHealth AFC Program Manager, at (617) 222-7485 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for Adult Family Care / Adult Foster Care programs that are listed on the New England INDEX website.
Family Care-giver Handbook – Home Care
provides great information about home care services, assessments of physical, health and nutrition needs; and how to find and pay for services.