AFC Caregivers

The Arc of Greater Haverhill-Newburyport’s Adult Family Care (AFC) program is actively seeking caregivers to provide care, support, oversight, companionship, and mentoring to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Merrimack Valley area.  Caregivers receive a tax-free stipend and payment for room & board.  They also receive training, monthly home visits, and 24 hour emergency support from AFC staff.

The Adult Family Care (AFC) program is a MassHealth funded program.  The goal of the program is to keep people with disabilities, along with frail elders, who cannot live safely on their own, in a home setting verses an institutionalized setting, such as a group home or nursing home.

We are currently seeking a caregiver for a married couple that is in their late 50s / early 60s, both of whom have an intellectual disability. The wife requires some supervision with some of her activities of daily living and the husband requires some physical assistance with some of his activities of daily living. Both the husband and the wife attend a day program Monday-Friday and have transportation to and from (approx. 8:30am-3:30pm). Ideally the home would be handicap accessible, or have just a few steps to enter. Due to limited mobility, the bedroom and a full bathroom must be on the 1st floor of the home. The couple have family in the area that are very active in this couple’s life.

In order to qualify to be an AFC Caregiver, one must:

  • Be 18 years or older;
  • Not be the member’s spouse or guardian.  Parents and family members can be caregivers as long as they are not the guardian of the member being served in the program.
  • Live in the same home as the member being served;
  • Have a home in Massachusetts, whether the home is owned or rented.

If you are interested in becoming a caregiver or know someone who might qualify for AFC services, please contact Heather Hess at or (978) 373-0552, ext. 222.  If you know someone who might be interested please feel free to forward this ad!

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