Qualified Caregivers provide care in a family setting

Helping people care for a loved one at home is central to our mission at Adult Family Care (AFC). But sometimes we help by introducing qualified caregivers to those who need live-in support.

We are a MassHealth-funded, non-profit program that specializes in helping people receive the best possible care in a family setting. Roughly 10 percent of our participants are receiving care from somebody they met through the program, and we have an extensive review process to ensure each match is happy and safe.

Our program serves people 16+, unable to live alone, and have a chronic medical or psychiatric diagnosis requiring assistance with at least one Activity of Daily Living (such as bathing, dressing, or eating). The people receiving care must either be MassHealth/Medicaid eligible (Standard, CommonHealth, SCO, One Care) or able to pay privately.

The following caregivers have been vetted, and are willing to open their homes for somebody who needs care:

Dorchester – Female: Lives with cousin & nephew. Speaks Haitian-Creole & English. Is a RN currently working as a visiting nurse p/t. Prefers clients be 19yrs+. Bedroom is on 2nd floor.

Hyde Park – Female: Lives with husband. Speaks English & Spanish. Has experience caring for elderly family members. Was a children’s foster care provider for 10yrs. Works at a daycare. Bedrooms are on 1st floor. There are five steps into the home. Client must have ADH.

Lawrence – Female: Lives with husband & cares for an AFC Participant. Speaks Spanish. No Smokers. Bedroom is on 1st floor. There are 4 steps into the home. Pets allowed: bird/goldfish.

Malden – Female: Lives with husband & young son. Speaks Haitian-Creole, English & ASL. Is a CNA/PCA. Skilled at providing care for hearing impaired individuals under the age of 60. Bedroom is on 2nd floor. Preference for hearing impaired.

Revere – Male: Lives with wife & 2 daughters (17 & 25). Speaks Swahili & English. Previous AFC Host. Works at a group home. Prefers younger client(s). Bedrooms are on 1st & 2nd floors.

Woburn – Female: Lives with daughter & close female friend (24). Provides care to an AFC Participant. Speaks English & Spanish. Bedroom is on 1st floor. There are 5 steps into the home.

Our number one priority when making a match is ensuring the partnership succeeds. Our nurses and social workers take many factors into account when evaluating a potential match, all with the goal of ensuring the match is safe and happy for both parties.

If you think any of the above caregivers could be a match, or wish to learn more about our program, contact AFC Social Work Manager Nina Cohen at 617-628-2601, ext. 3100 or via email at ncohen@eldercare.org.

Adult Family Care is a non-profit program at Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services that supports in-home caregivers across the Greater Boston, North Shore, and Merrimack Valley areas. For more information, visit adultfamilycare.org or call 617-628-2601.