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GAFC for People with Disabilities

Group Adult Foster Care (GAFC) is a MassHealth program that pays for personal care services for eligible seniors and adults with disabilities who live in congregate housing.

To qualify, residents must be eligible for MassHealth and need help with at least one daily personal care task such as bathing or dressing. GAFC only pays for the cost of personal care services and medication management when you live in approved housing. It does not pay housing costs.

Is My Family Member Eligible for GAFC?

To be eligible for Group Adult Foster Care, individuals must:
  • be at least 22 years old;
  • be income eligible for MassHealth Standard;
  • live in an assisted living facility or other housing that participates in GAFC;
  • need daily assistance with one or more personal care tasks such as bathing, dressing, toileting, meal preparation, and/or moving about;
  • be screened and approved for the program;
  • have physician authorization of a medical diagnosis that deems GAFC an appropriate program for their needs;
  • require daily assistance with at least one Activity of Daily Living (ADL), which is related to a medical diagnosis;
  • have had a physical by your primary care physician (PCP) within the past 12 months;
  • have seen your PCP for a wellness appointment three months within the GAFC intake appointment with the GAFC Nurse
  • complete the GAFC Pre-Meeting Client Summary; and
  • be persistent with your PCP to return the Physician Summary form to the GAFC nurse promptly once they receive it.

View more information about the GAFC intake appointment or important ongoing information for GAFC clients.

For more information, call 781-647-JFCS (5327) or email your questions via our contact us page.

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