Consider getting in-home help
For family members with disabilities who need extra help at home, there are two main options available for caregivers: adult family care or adult foster care (AFC) and a personal care attendant (PCA). Both programs help care for those who need hands-on help.
AFC is a program that will help pay for a caregiver to live with your family member in order to help them with activities of daily living (ADLs).AFC is a good option for a family member that cannot safely live alone.
A PCA is a caregiver that will come help your family member for acertain number of hours each week. A personal care management (PCM) agency will work with your family to find out how many hours a week are needed to help your family member. Most of the timeyou and your family member are able to choose who the PCA is.
Click the button below to read more about the types of tasks an AFC or PCA caregiver can help with.
Click the button below to read more about the differences between AFC and PCA.
What you can do:
A service provider can help you decide which caregiver option is best for you and your family member. Some agencies offer both PCA and AFC programs. Click the links below to find a list of provider agencies:
Click the button below to download a PDF listing of other agencies that can help you in this process.
Sources: MA Council for Adult Foster Care, MassHealth, Rewarding Work Resources Inc.