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The BayPath Spotlight: Adult Family Care Program
By DebraMcDonagh / July 29, 2019
In each edition of the BayPath Bulletin, we showcase a different BayPath program and how it helps serve our consumers and local communities.

This month we are shining a light on our Adult Family Care Program (AFC).

What is Adult Family Care?
The Adult Family Care Program (AFC) is sometimes referred to as Adult Foster Care. The program provides eligible individuals, who are already MassHealth Standard or MassHealth CommonHealth members, with the opportunity to select a caregiver of their choosing so that they may be cared for in their own home or the home of the caregiver.  The caregiver becomes responsible for assisting with personal care and home management tasks. In exchange, the designated caregiver receives a monthly stipend.

How does BayPath support the program?
The member and the caregiver are visited monthly by a nurse and a case manager from BayPath. The BayPath AFC team provides individualized education and training to the caregiver and monitors the member's level of care. 

The AFC team works in unison with the consumer and their caregiver to ensure that member's daily needs are met with consistency and that the home environment remains safe for the consumer. 

Additionally, consumers enrolled in the BayPath AFC program are also eligible to attend adult day health programs and receive skilled nursing and rehab services from a home health agency and hospice. The AFC team helps coordinate these services with other care agencies to ensure that our consumer is getting the support that they need.

The AFC team.
The BayPath AFC program is run by Program Manager Denisse Gould, reporting to Director of Clinical Operations and Community Programs Mary Lou Sheehan. The AFC program recently earned a 3-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities ( CARF). 

If you would like more information about Adult Family Care or any of BatyPath's many services:

Call us at (508) 573-7200


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The BayPath Family Caregiver Support Program and has been made possible by funding from the Older Americans Act as granted by Executive Office of Elder Affairs. Participants may make a voluntary donation toward the cost of this federally funded service. Click here for more information. was originally made possible, in part, by generous grants from the MetroWest Health Foundation. Additional funding support was graciously donated by Avidia Bank from 2018 – 2021.

Thank you, MetroWest Health Foundation and Avidia Bank, for enabling BayPath Elder Services to provide support and resources to family caregivers.