Adult Foster Care - General Information
Adult Foster Care (AFC) is a licensed, sheltered living arrangement for up to four adults with special needs; these adults are unable to live alone due to their functional impairments. An adult foster care license holder may have a maximum license capacity of five if all persons in care are age 55 or over and do not have a serious and persistent mental illness or a developmental disability.
AFC homes provide five basic services: room, board, supervision, protection, and household services. Providers may also assist with medication, management of money, or personal care.
Room and Board
Many AFC providers accept private pay AFC residents. These AFC residents are not receiving funding through the county because they do not qualify due to their assets, or their families choose to pay for the AFC placement. The rate for services provided to the AFC resident is determined by the AFC provider and the AFC resident/family/legal representative. The room & board rate must still be $867.
Tax on Payments
Family Adult Foster Care is based in a family home. The resident is usually unknown at time of licensure, and AFC residents are most often placed in the home for a long-term placement.
Respite is short-term care given as a ‘retreat' for the primary care giver of an individual with special needs. It involves prearranged weekends or vacation days. A new AFC provider may choose to do respite to get some experience in AFC care giving. The primary care giver of the individual directly pays the AFC provider for the respite care. Respite care payments are taxable.
Family Adult Day Services is a program operating fewer than 24 hours per day that provides functionally impaired adults age 18 or older with an individualized and coordinated set of services including health services, social services, and nutritional services that are directed at maintaining or improving the participants' capabilities for self-care. The capacity can be up to eight participants. An AFC license holder can provide FADS services if all of the requirements of MN Statute 245A.143 are met in addition to the AFC requirements; the capacity would be limited to five participants in this case.
Corporate Adult Foster Care occurs when the license holder does not reside in the licensed site. The license holder hires shift staff to care for the residents. As of July 1, 2009, no initial licenses shall be issued for adult foster care in a physical location that will not be the primary residence of the license holder for the entire period of licensure. The only exception to this law is if Wright County determines a need for Adult Foster Care services for an identified group of clients and the development of the new AFC home does not increase the overall statewide capacity of licensed adult foster care beds in homes that are not the primary residence of the license holder.
MN Statute 256B.0919, Subdivision 3. County certification of persons providing adult foster care to related persons.
A person exempt from licensure under section 245A.03, subdivision 2, who provides adult foster care to a related individual age 65 and older, and who meets the requirements in Minnesota Rules, parts 9555.5105 to 9555.6265, may be certified by the county to provide adult foster care. A person certified by the county to provide adult foster care may be reimbursed for services provided and eligible for funding under section 256B.0915, if the relative would suffer a financial hardship as a result of providing care. For purposes of this subdivision, financial hardship refers to a situation in which a relative incurs a substantial reduction in income as a result of resigning from a full-time job or taking a leave of absence without pay from a full-time job to care for the client.
In order to begin the certification process in Wright County, the prospective applicant will be referred to the Adult Foster Care licensor through the Elderly Waiver screening process as appropriate. Applicants for relative certification undergo the same initial and re-licensing processes as applicants for licensure. Determination of eligibility for relative certification is made by Wright County Human Services and is not subject to appeal.
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If you live in Wright County, please contact the licensor by e-mail at email@example.com. If you do not live in Wright County, please contact your local county social services department; click here for contact information for Minnesota counties.