Adult Family Care, also known as Adult Foster Care, enables elders and individuals with disabilities to live at home in the community with full-time, live-in Caregivers. Adult Foster Care is a program that provides daily assistance with personal care and case management oversight by the provider in the Caregiver’s home.
Like everything we do at American Training, we want to bring our WOW! Magic to it, so we require that our Caregivers make the individuals they care for feel they are a part of the Caregiver’s family. We want you to join us in bringing out the best in everyone we touch because Life Matters!
How does it work? Our AFC program will provide an important option for eligible individuals who cannot live safely alone, but want to live in a home setting rather than a nursing home or other group living arrangement. These individuals will benefit from meaningful, lasting relationships in a family-like setting where their needs are met, their interests and choices are supported, and involvement with their community is encouraged.
Who is eligible? To qualify for the services of an Adult Family Caregiver, a potential member must be elderly and/or disabled, enrolled in MassHealth and receive a doctor’s order detailing the participant’s specific daily needs, including at least one of the following areas:
How do I become a Caregiver? Most individuals who are willing to make a full-time, live-in commitment to caregiving can be providers in the AFC program. Caregivers must be over 18, pass a background check and be capable of performing the tasks with which a member needs assistance. ATI will train each caregiver how to perform personal care tasks and manage medications and challenging behaviors. Family members other than the spouse or legal guardian can be Caregivers. All AFC Caregivers act as independent contractors.
What does American Training do? Our professional staff supports AFC members and their Caregivers to be successful in managing care at home. Our caseworkers and RN’s assess the member’s needs and develop a plan to help the Caregiver meet the member’s need for assistance with personal care and health-related and care coordination tasks. We ensure that the Caregivers are qualified, educated, and trained, and that the home is safe. We provide care management and clinical support that enables the Caregiver to understand complex medical and behavioral conditions, and provide Caregivers with financial support in the form of a monthly stipend of $1,500 to $1,800.
How Can I get involved or find out more? Contact our Colleague Tammy Wilson, the program manager, by email or by phone at 978-815-3143.