- Written by Janis Merrell
- Published: 12 March 2020
Caregivers Needed for Adult Family Care and Shared Living
Do you have an extra room in your home and extra room in your heart to care for somebody? If so, consider becoming a caregiver for LifePath’s Adult Family Care (AFC) and Shared Living Programs!
“We are looking for caregivers from Springfield to Leominster. At this time, we have a huge need for caregivers in the Franklin County area, primarily Greenfield. We also always have a need for caregivers in the Athol/Orange area. We are looking for both long-term and short-term (respite) placements,” says Charity Day, Associate Director of Client Services.
The stipend allows someone to earn income while staying at home, and varies depending on care needs.
The AFC and Shared Living Programs offer compassionate, individualized care in a nurturing home environment. Members are individuals who cannot live alone safely because of medical, physical, cognitive, or mental health challenges. Members live with caregivers in the home. Caregivers’ homes are in local communities, allowing care recipients to maintain lasting community relationships.
“Caregivers earn a tax exempt stipend, which allows someone to earn income, while staying at home. Also, there are several individuals who go to day programs, so caregivers could also work a full time position. Some caregivers have children, some are middle aged, and some older people are caregivers,” says Day.
The stipend allows someone to earn income while staying at home, and varies depending on care needs. Shared Living is a DDS funded program and requires a referral from DDS, while Adult Family Care is a medically based program with two levels of pay depending on the level of need. The caregiver is also paid for room and board from the member, unless caregivers waive that fee because they are family members or friends in a pre-arranged living situation.
LifePath supports caregivers with monthly visits from care managers and nurses, depending on the member's needs. There is also 24 hour on-call assistance and caregivers can always call between visits if they need help or have a question. If someone's not sure that they want to be a full time caregiver there are respite options available as well.
A day in the life of an AFC/Shared Living caregiver varies depending on the member’s needs. According to Day, “Many members go to day programs. So the caregiver gets them up in the morning and they are gone during the day from Monday through Friday. Then, on the weekends, members tend to follow along with the structure of the family.”
“When you invite someone to stay in your home, you want to make sure it's a good fit. LifePath does a lot of work up front to ensure that the caregiver and the member have things in common. For example, if a member is a big sports fan and loves to watch sports on TV all weekend, we would do our best to match the individual with a provider that also enjoys watching sports on TV,” says Day.