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How Do I Choose An Adult Foster Care Home Or A Home For The Aged?

Placement of a Resident

If you are visiting our website, you have most likely already identified your needs for your loved ones and have a general understanding of the differences between, Adult Foster Care (AFC), Assisted Living, Homes For the Aged (HFA) and Nursing Homes.

Both AFC Homes and HFA provide care to persons who are or have:

  • Aged
  • Mentally Ill
  • Physically Disabled
  • Alzheimer’s Disease or other Dementia Related Disorders

Care may include assistance with bathing, grooming, dressing, eating, walking, toileting or the administration of medication.

The State of Michigan defines an AFC as:
Adult Foster Care (AFC) homes are residential settings that provide 24-hour personal care, protection, and supervision for individuals who are developmentally disabled, mentally ill, physically handicapped or aged who cannot live alone but who do not need continuous nursing care.
* AFC Homes are restricted to providing care to no more than 20 adults

However, the individual services provided by each AFC will be clearly defined and the licensee (owner) should be happy to discuss this with you in detail.

There are many types of AFC and HFA homes. Before making a decision, it is strongly recommended that you visit the home, talk with the residents , consider the neighborhood and question the provider. If you are still in the early stages of your searching and fact-finding, the agencies listed below may help you in the selection process:

  • Local Department of Human Services, Adult Services Unit
  • Michigan Department of Human Services, Office of Children and Adult Licensing, Licensing Division
  • Local Community Mental Health Board
  • Michigan Department of Community Health
  • Michigan Rehabilitation Services
  • Citizens for Better Care
  • Local Office on Services for the Aging
  • State Office on Services for the Aging

The numbers and addresses are in your local telephone directory.

When selecting an AFC or a HFA home, it is important that you clearly understand the services to be provided and the cost of those services.

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