What is Adult Foster Care?

What Is Adult Foster CareBeacon Adult Foster Care, Inc. is a Massachusetts-approved Adult Foster Care agency that began servicing members in July, 2010. Adult Foster Care is a MassHealth (Medicaid)-funded program that provides 24-hour home care services for qualified members in an individualized home setting, through the personalized assistance of a family or non-family caregiver. Adult Foster Care is an alternative to nursing home or assisted living placement. It provides members with a safe and secure living environment with as few restrictions as possible, thus promoting opportunities for community interaction and integration. Caregivers receive a tax-free payment for their services.

After several years in historic downtown New Bedford, Beacon Adult Foster Care, Inc. has relocated to Central Village in Westport, Massachusetts. We service members in Fall River, New Bedford and throughout Southeastern and Eastern Massachusetts; including the Greater Boston area south of Boston and communities east of the Rhode Island/ Massachusetts border.

For a map of our service area, click here.

How Can I Become An AFC Member?

howcaniAn AFC Member must:

Live in Massachusetts and be receiving MassHealth Standard or CommonHealth Insurance, or have Senior Care Options through an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) that is contracted with Beacon Adult Foster Care, Inc., such as Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA) or Tufts Health Plan.

An AFC Member must require:

Daily cuing and supervision and/or assistance with at least one Activity of Daily Living (ADL) – such as bathing, dressing, ambulating, transferring, eating, or toileting – due to a medical, physical, cognitive, or mental condition.

An AFC Member may also require:

Daily management of one or more behaviors – such as wandering or socially-inappropriate, disruptive, or abusive behaviors.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming an AFC member, please contact us.

How Can I Become An AFC Caregiver?

caregiverAn Adult Foster Care (AFC) caregiver may be a relative or a friend, or may be unrelated to an AFC member. An AFC caregiver may not be the spouse or a legal guardian of the member.

An AFC caregiver must be at least 18 years of age and be able to make mature and informed decisions with no mental, physical or other impairments that would interfere with their ability to meet the needs of the AFC member. He or she must be able to devote the time necessary to provide the needed personal care to the AFC member and to ensure the member’s safety and well being at all times.

AFC caregivers are subject to their physician’s approval and background screening, including criminal background (CORI), and driver record checks. AFC caregivers receive ongoing training and support from Beacon Adult Foster Care, Inc.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a caregiver, please contact us.

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