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Group Adult Foster Care (GAFC)

For more information, see Group Adult Foster Care on MassResources.org.

What is Group Adult Foster Care (GAFC)?

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 GAFC-approved housing. Housing may be an assisted living residence or specially designated public or subsidized housing.

Am I eligible?

Group Adult Foster Care is for adults 60 years or older or chronically disabled, who are eligible for MassHealth Standard. You must live in housing that takes part in the GAFC program. You must need daily help with at least one personal care task, and be approved for the program.

What benefits will I get?

If you qualify for Group Adult Foster Care, you will get an individual care plan, personal care services in your home (up to one hour each day), medication management, and 24-hour access to services. With prior approval, you can also get adult day health and/or home health aide services.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost for Group Adult Foster Care (GAFC) services for people who are eligible for MassHealth Standard. However, GAFC does not pay for room and board or support services like housekeeping. You must pay for these separately. If you are not getting any other type of rental assistance, you may be eligible for the Supplemental Security Income SSI-G assisted living benefit to help pay these costs.

How do I apply?

To apply for Group Adult Foster Care, call the MassHealth Customer Service Center at 1-800-841-2900 or TTY 1-800-497-4648.

To find assised living residences (ALRs) that accept GAFC, use the Massachusetts Assisted Living Association's Find a Mass-ALFA Residence search tool. Enter your zip code or region, select 'GAFC' under Financing Options, then click Search.

If you have questions, call Elder Services of Worcester toll-free at 1-800-243-5111.

More information

More information about Group Adult Foster Care is on our statewide web site, MassResources.org. When you click on the link below, you will go to MassResources.org. Click "Back" on your browser to return to WorcesterResources.org.

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