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
- Must be 16 years of age or older;
- Must be unable to live alone because of a medical, physical or mental health 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).
- 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 BenefitsClick here to view and print Caregiver Log.
- 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.
"The AFC Program staff are a kind and loving group...who are dedicated to their clients. They have consistently come up with ideas and solutions...all for the benefit of their clients.
The AFC staff details safety concerns that a caregiver may have overlooked or hasn't thought of...we are very happy being involved in the AFC Program and highly recommend it."
--Mrs. L.B., AFC Caregiver