Adult Foster Care (AFC)

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Adult Foster Care (AFC) is a program that allows persons above the age of 16 who need assistance with personal care tasks to remain in their home and community with a qualified and approved caregiver. This program works by providing financial assistance and support for family members or friends who act as the caregiver. In the AFC program the caregiver must reside in the same property as the recipient of care.


Benefits of the AFC program should be thought of on two levels: Benefits to the individual in need of care “Client” and the individual providing care “Caregiver.”

  • Care recipients receive supervision, and assistance with day-to-day activities, such as feeding, bathing, dressing, mobility, homemaking etc.
  • They also benefit by receiving care from a family member or friend in the comfort of their home.
  • Receive a biweekly compensation for caring for a family member or friend.
  • In the case of family members, caregivers are paid for work that they would have likely provided for free.
  • The AFC Program offers two levels of compensation, depending on the care needs of the individual.

Caregiver Services

  • Feeding
  • Bathing
  • Toileting
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Dressing and Grooming
  • Ambulation and Transfers
  • Meal Preparation
  • Ambulation and Transfers
  • Laundry and Housekeeping
  • Assisting with cognitive or behavioral needs
  • Maintaining participant safety 24/7
  • Cueing or reminders to take medications
  • Supporting services e.g., doctor’s appointments, transportation etc.


  • At least 16 years of age
  • Recipient of care must be a Massachusetts resident
  • Need assistance with at least one or more activities of daily living (ADL)
Homecare for Adults & Seniors
  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Supporting services e.g., doctor’s appointments, transportation etc.
  • May reside and provide care in the same home as the client