Adult Family Care

Adult Family Care (also known as Adult Foster Care) is a MassHealth program which can support individuals age 16 and older living in the community with related or non-related families. Participants and caregivers are assessed for eligibility according to MassHealth regulations but key components are as follows.

Eligibility for Persons Needing Care

  • Must have MassHealth Standard or Common Health insurance
  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • Must have a medical, physical or developmental disability and need supervision or assistance with at least one basic task of everyday life, such as eating, bathing, dressing, toileting and transferring
  • Must have a written order for Adult Family Care from a Primary Care Physician
  • Must be able to be safely cared for in the home

Requirements for Caregivers

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Can be biologically related to the person needing care, but cannot be the legal guardian or spouse
  • Must be willing to share life and home with the person needing assistance
  • Must be able to accept responsibility for the person’s care and supervision of all health related activities

Getting Started

  • Anyone can call us on their own behalf or on behalf of a family member, neighbor, friend, patient or client who needs assistance at home
  • Anyone can call us who is interested in becoming a caregiver
  • Eligibility determination starts with a phone interview, and then entails home visits, doctor’s orders for AFC, evaluations and assessments
  • We can help a family member to be a caregiver or we can introduce and match people with potential caregivers
  • Because Northeast Arc has a vast network of resources, if you don’t qualify for our AFC services, we will refer you to the appropriate alternatives

Benefits of the Program

  • People needing assistance with care maintain as much independence as possible with a stable family life in the community
  • Caregivers receive comprehensive orientation and on-going training to meet the needs of the persons living with them
  • Registered nurses and case managers offer on-going education, advocacy, and healthcare oversight through monthly home visits, phone consultations and 24/7 on-call emergency support

How Payment Works

  • The caregiver receives a tax-free stipend of $10,220 to $18,790 annually from MassHealth
  • The person receiving support also contributes room and board to the caregiver (from his or her government benefits)

For more information please contact Sally Grimaldi at 978-624-2313 or Carol Ferrant at 978-624-2312.