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Adult Family Care earns highest NCQA Accreditation rating

A Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services (SCES) program that specializes in supporting family caregivers recently earned the highest accreditation rating from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). SCES received a three-year Case Management Accreditation from NCQA for the Adult Family Care (AFC) program in May. The three-year accreditation is the highest rating for that category, given… Continue Reading Adult Family Care earns highest NCQA Accreditation rating

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Five tips for tactfully offering assistance to a loved one

Sometimes we see changes with older friends or family members that spark concerns.  Wanting to help is entirely natural, but those good intentions can sometimes lead to disagreements, frustration, and arguments. It is a common challenge: what is the best way to tactfully offer assistance? Having worked with many families to help unravel these kinds… Continue Reading Five tips for tactfully offering assistance to a loved one

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How Adult Foster Care provides family caregiver support

Family caregivers do amazing work every day, helping loved ones receive the care they need at home. It’s not an easy job, but Adult Foster Care is a great MassHealth-funded program that provides family caregiver support for eligible homes. Having been part of an Adult Foster Care program the past few months, I have seen… Continue Reading How Adult Foster Care provides family caregiver support

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Caregiver Appreciation Month 2018 recognizes unsung heroes

November is Caregiver Appreciation Month, and it’s a great time to recognize unsung heroes who do amazing work each day. I’ve worked with hundreds of family caregivers over the years, and their stories never cease to amaze me. Most of them had no prior background in the field, but they stepped up when the need… Continue Reading Caregiver Appreciation Month 2018 recognizes unsung heroes

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Don’t Procrastinate on Developing a Caregiver Backup Plan

Providing in-home care for someone who needs daily assistance is a major commitment. It’s not something people enter into lightly— and for that reason, it’s important for a caregiver to have a backup plan ready before it’s needed. I recently spoke to a fellow social worker who saw the importance of a backup plan firsthand… Continue Reading Don’t Procrastinate on Developing a Caregiver Backup Plan

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AFC PSA Focuses on Challenges of Being a Family Caregiver

The challenges of being a family caregiver– and how Adult Family Care can help—was the focus of a new Public Service Announcement (PSA) that was released in July. Adult Family Care (AFC) is a non-profit program that helps hundreds of people across the Greater Boston Area provide in-home care for friends or family. Funded by… Continue Reading AFC PSA Focuses on Challenges of Being a Family Caregiver

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Comparing how AFC and PCA Help People Receive Care at Home

There are many scenarios that can result in people needing daily assistance, and in most cases people prefer to receive that care in-home. For those who are MassHealth-eligible, the Adult Foster Care (AFC) and Personal Care Attendant (PCA) programs can be great options for receiving in-home care with no out-of-pocket costs. Both programs can provide… Continue Reading Comparing how AFC and PCA Help People Receive Care at Home

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Looking for Care in a Family-Based 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 caregivers succeed. We know many experienced live-in caregivers and have an extensive… Continue Reading Looking for Care in a Family-Based Setting?

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Family Caregivers Month Highlights Challenges of 24/7 Care

Caregiving is often a 24/7 endeavor. November marks National Family Caregivers Month, and this year adult foster care providers are recognizing the challenges that caregivers face when providing round-the-clock care for a friend or family member. Caregiver Action Network (CAN), a national non-profit organization that provides free education, support, and resources to family caregivers, chose… Continue Reading Family Caregivers Month Highlights Challenges of 24/7 Care

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