While net surfin’ recently I discovered another caregiver journal, Family Caregiver Info and Family C.A.R.E. and learned about yet another innovative Massachusetts health care program.
“Enhanced Adult Family Care (EAFC) is a MassHealth program that pays family members or non-family members to care for elderly or disabled adults at home. The goal of the program is delay or prevent nursing home placements. EAFC makes it possible for frail elderly and disabled residents to stay in their own homes or homes of caregivers instead of being institutionalized.”
Your caregiver will receive:
· Up to $1500 per month for caregiver services ($18,000 per year)
· Support and training
· Home visits by social workers and registered nurses
· Respite care (up to 14 days per year)
Massachusetts is already taking the lead with their health care insurance plan that I mentioned in my July 11th entry Caregiving: 'country is watching'. However the above from a caregiver’s perspective is jaw dropping innovation.
The “shot heard ‘round the world” echoed from Lexington Green on the morning of April 19th, 1775 in the then colony of Massachusetts. They just seem to be first to jump into the ‘good fight’. God bless them!
Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer