All Care’s Adult Foster Care (AFC) program is a wonderful alternative to nursing home or assisted living placement. The program allows individuals, who are unable to remain at home alone due to chronic illness, or physical and/or mental disabilities, to stay in their home or in the home of a loved one in order to maximize their quality of life. In-home family caregivers provide meals, companionship, personal care assistance, and 24-hour supervision to program participants. Caregivers receive a tax-free stipend which can help to ease the financial burden of caring for the individual. The AFC program provides monthly nursing and social work visits where both client and caregiver receive the support and resources they need to share a safe, happy, fulfilling life.

Sally is a perfect example of how the AFC program can help an elder remain and thrive at home.   Sally had been living independently in her own apartment but as her disease process progressed she experienced multiple hospitalizations. Her last hospitalization resulted in a short term stay in a rehabilitation hospital. During this time Sally experienced increased cognitive deficits and had difficulty caring for herself without physical assistance. It was recommended that Sally stay in the facility and permanently reside on the Long Term Care Unit. Fortunately, the social worker spoke to the family about the option of Mom returning home with the assistance of one of her children through All Care’s Adult Foster Care Program. Sally’s daughter moved in with her mother and provides the care that she needs while receiving a tax free stipend twice a month. Since she has been at home, Sally’s appetite and memory have improved and she has remained out of the hospital. Sally is able to spend time with her grandchildren and enjoy meals in the comfort of her own home. All Care’s nurses and social workers provide support to the caregiver through education, monthly visits and with help navigating through the health care system.

Program Requirements:

  • Participant must be 16 years or older
  • Participant must be eligible for MassHealth Standard
  • Participant must require cueing and supervision and or physical assistance with at least one ADL (Activities of Daily Living)
  • Participant may not have duplicate services such as PCA or GAFC
  • Caregiver must be at least 18 years old, live in the home, is not a spouse or parent/legal guardian of a minor participant

Program Benefits:

  • Financial support– caregivers are paid a monthly tax-free stipend ranging from $820 – $1580
  • Monthly nursing and social worker visits for case management
  • Help accessing community-based services and resources
  • Medication management
  • Caregiver training
  • 24-hour Support, 7 days a week

All Care’s AFC program also has access to our Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice, and Private Duty divisions which the case manager can access as needed to ensure the client receives the full range of services to stay safely and comfortably at home and in the community. If you or some you know can benefit from All Care’s AFC program please contact program manager Nichole Avizinis, LSW, at 781.584.5054 or navizinis@allcare.org.