A PLACE IN YOUR HEART AND IN YOUR HOME
ADULT FAMILY CARE
VIABILITY understands some people need support to live on their own. That's why we offer in-home assistance, empowerment, and a person-centered approach to elderly individuals and people with disabilities who need companionship, a safe environment with their own private room, and daily care. The people we serve achieve better self-esteem and a higher quality of life.
Caregivers in our Adult Family Care (AFC) services approach the people we serve with respect, patience, and encouragement. Program participants are inspired to immerse themselves in the community to reach their full potential, depending on the individual's needs and preferences. This might include shopping, volunteering, working, or recreational activities. Oftentimes, the people we serve develop friendships with their caregivers and are part of their families' get-togethers. Services also include supporting participants with their behavioral health needs.
Do you know anyone who would benefit from receiving AFC services?
WHO CAN BE A CAREGIVER
Caregivers may be family members or patrons in the community. Some apply, other are referred to us. Caregivers will receive ongoing education, a tax-exempt stipend, and ongoing support from VIABILITY staff and resources.
* Providing care from home
* Cultivate relationships
* Meet new people
* Interact with social workers, nurses on individualized care plans
* Adults who are at least 16 years old and need the daily support of a caregiver due to physical or mental disabilities
* Participants must be approved by a physician
* Participants must have MassHealth
"BETTER TOGETHER": MORE THAN A MOTTO
SIBLING MEMBERS FIND A FAMILY WITH THEIR NEW CAREGIVER
We are “BETTER TOGETHER.” Just ask Clarence, Alees, Fay, Lisha, and the Community Living team at 979 Dickinson St., Springfield. For the past two-and-a-half years, Clarence and Alees (pronounced Uh-lees) have been matched with Fay, their primary caregiver, who provides emotional support and companionship for members who live with intellectual or other disabilities. While Fay is the primary caretaker, she also relies on Lisha, an alternate caregiver, and John, a direct care worker who takes Clarence on weekly outings to the movies, retail stores, and on walks.