Family Caregivers, a division of Guardian Healthcare, provides support to our clients, helping them stay in their homes and in their communities.
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Family Caregivers, a division of Guardian Healthcare, provides support to our clients, helping them stay in their homes and in their communities. Guardian Healthcare has two programs:
Adult Family Care (AFC) provides financial* support to caregivers living with loved ones 16 and older. Caregivers receive monthly visits and training from a Registered Nurse and Case Manager. AFC is funded by MassHealth. There is no cost to the client. The Caregiver support line can provide information on the Caregiver Support Program along with eligibility requirements: Phone: 1-888-620-2007
Group Adult Family Care (GAFC) provides assistance from Certified Personal Caregivers** in daily living activities along with Registered Nursing and Case Management services to individuals 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 as long as possible. GAFC is funded by MassHealth. There is no cost to the client. The Caregiver support line can provide information on the Caregiver Support Program along with eligibility requirements: Phone: 1-888- 620-2007
Guardian Healthcare is a Medicare and Medicaid certified agency. Guardian’s services are also covered by MassHealth and most commercial insurance agencies.
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. The stipend benefit is not intended to replace career earnings, and receipt of the stipend payments does not create an employment relationship between VA and the Primary Family Caregiver.
Can all Caregivers receive the stipend?
No. Only the designated Primary Family Caregiver of an eligible Veteran is entitled to receive a stipend. There can be only one Primary Family Caregiver designated at a time.
How will my stipend amount be determined?
The stipend amount is based on the weekly number of hours of personal care services that an eligible Veteran requires during the month. It is calculated by multiplying the Bureau of Labor Statistics hourly wage for home health aides, Skill code 311011, for the geographic region in which the eligible Veteran resides by the Consumer Price Index Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA), and then multiplying that total by the number of weekly hours of Caregiver assistance required (assigned tier level hours). This product is then multiplied by the average number of weeks in each month (4.35).
How often will I receive a stipend payment when I am a Primary Family Caregiver?
The stipend is paid monthly for personal care services that a Primary Family Caregiver provided in the prior month.
What is Medicaid?
Medicaid is a state administered health program for eligible individuals and families with low incomes and resources that are jointly funded by both the state and federal government through The Center for Medicare & 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 to certain persons with chronic conditions.
Who is Eligible for Medicaid?
- Low-income individuals and families who fit into select eligibility groups as recognized by federal and state law, including:
- 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. There are special rules for those who live in nursing homes and for children with disabilities living 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 through consultation with your Physician. For more information about Medicaid, please visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Web site.