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Adult Family Care Homes (AFCHs)

Adult family care homes (AFCHs) are private residences that are licensed to provide housing, meals, and personal care services to older persons and disabled adults who are unable to live independently. Unlike assisted living facilities, AFCHs are owned and operated by licensed AFCH “providers” who live with the residents they serve. In addition, AFCHs are limited to a maximum of five (5) residents. AFCHs are intended to be a less costly alternative to more restrictive, institutional settings for individuals who do not need 24-hour nursing supervision.

To reside in an adult family care home, a person must meet the AFCH "residency criteria," which is defined by Florida regulations and by the provider’s admission policy. In most cases, AFCHs provide general supervision, assistance with personal care services, and assistance with medications to elders and disabled adults who require such services.

While AFCHs generally cost less than other residential care facilities, the cost of an AFCH can vary based on the location, residential unit size, amenities, and services provided by the AFCH. Although many residents living in AFCHs pay privately, there are programs designed to assist with AFCH residency for persons who qualify. All licensed AFCHs are required to designate at least one bed for a resident receiving Optional State Supplementation.

AFCH License Information

Persons who intend to offer room, board and personal care services in their own homes for up to five (5) adults must obtain an AFCH license. Persons who intend to provide care for more than five (5) disabled adults or frail elders are required to obtain an assisted living facility license.

The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) licenses and inspects AFCHs. To obtain an adult family care home license application package, please contact:

Agency for Health Care Administration
Assisted Living Unit

2727 Mahan Drive
Tallahassee, Fl 32308
Phone: 850-412-4304
Website: http://ahca.myflorida.com/MCHQ/Health_Facility_Regulation/Assisted_Living/afc.shtml

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