Adult Family Living/Foster Care Program (AFL):
Adult Family Living (AFL)—is a program that helps frail elderly individuals to remain living in private homes instead of moving into assisted living communities or nursing homes. This program works by providing financial assistance and support for family members or friends that act as both primary in-home caregivers and hosts of an elderly individual. This program is akin to a type of foster care for adults.
Benefits of the AFL / Caregiver Homes program should be thought of on two levels: the benefits to the individual in need of care and the benefits received by his/her care provider.
Care recipients receive personal care, supervision, and assistance with day-to-day activities, such as eating, bathing, dressing and mobility. They can also receive assistance with the instrumental activities of daily living, such as transportation, shopping for essentials, and meal preparation. Elders also benefit by living in a family home with care being provided by someone with whom they are comfortable and familiar.
Care providers receive compensation for their caregiving efforts. In the case of family members, caregivers are paid for work that they would have likely provided for free. AFL offers four levels of compensation, depending on the care needs of the individual.