We express our genuine support for family caregivers in several ways.
Family Caregivers (a division of Guardian Healthcare) provides support to our clients, helping them stay in their homes and communities. Guardian Healthcare has two programs:
Adult Family Care (AFC) provides financial support to caregivers living with loved ones aged 16 and older. Caregivers receive monthly visits and training from a Registered Nurse and Case Manager. MassHealth funds AFC. There is no cost to the client. The Caregiver support line can provide information on the Caregiver Support Program, including eligibility requirements. Phone: 1-888-620-2007.
Group Adult Family Care (GAFC) assists Certified Personal Caregivers in daily living activities along with Registered Nursing and Case Management services to individuals aged 22 or older. The goal of Group Adult Foster Care is to allow clients to avoid institutionalization and to be able to stay in their homes safely for as long as possible. MassHealth funds GAFC. There is no cost to the client. The Caregiver support line can provide information on the Caregiver Support Program, including eligibility requirements. Phone: 1-888- 620-2007.
Guardian Healthcare is a Medicare and Medicaid-certified agency. Our services are also covered by MassHealth and most commercial insurance agencies.
FAQs About Family Caregivers
What is a Primary Family Caregiver stipend?
A Primary Family Caregiver stipend is monetary compensation paid to a Primary Family Caregiver for providing personal care services to an eligible patient enrolled in the Caregiver Support Program. It is important to note that the stipend benefit does not intend to replace job earnings. The stipend payments’ receipt does not create an employment relationship between the Primary Family Caregiver and VA.
Can all Caregivers receive the stipend?
Not all caregivers can receive the stipend.To be eligible to receive benefits, one must be the Designated Primary Family Caregiver of an eligible veteran. The stipend is only available to one Designated Primary Family Caregiver at a time.
What is Medicaid?
Medicaid is a state-administered health program intended to provide access to necessary resources for eligible low-income individuals and families. It is jointly funded by both the state and federal governments through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It offers coverage for necessary inpatient and outpatient medical care, nursing facility services for children under age 21, rehabilitation and physical therapy services, and home and community-based care for specific persons with chronic conditions.
Who is Eligible for Medicaid?
Those eligible for Medicaid include low-income individuals and families who are part of one or more of the following groups recognized by federal and state law:
- Pregnant Women
- Children and Teenagers
- Individuals 65 and older
- Individuals who may be blind and/or disabled
- Individuals leaving welfare
- Families with children under the age of 18 as well as limited income and resources
- Individuals/families with high medical bills that cannot be paid (must also meet other Medicaid eligibility)
Medicaid certification and service offerings vary by individual office location.
Please contact your local Maxim office to determine whether or not Medicaid is an accepted coverage option in your area.
The regulations for counting your income and resources vary from state to state and from group to group. Special rules exist for those living in nursing facilities and for children with disabilities residing at home.
The information above should not be used as a substitution for information about Medicaid learned through The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services or consultation with your Physician. For more information about Medicaid, please visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Website.
Questions or Concerns?
If you have questions or concerns not addressed above, don’t hesitate to send us an online message
. We are always available to provide support and information.