Learn About Creating Adult Foster Care Homes

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With such a large population of retirees living in the Rim Country there is an ever-increasing need for elder care facilities. One option is an adult foster care home. An adult foster care home is an alternative to institutionalized health care.

A public forum on creating adult foster care homes will be held in Payson Thursday, Oct. 28.

Presented by Pinal/Gila Long Term Care, the program will be at 1 p.m. at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.

The forum will present information about how to become a manager of an adult foster care home. These are residential settings providing room, board and adult care services for up to four adults.

Benefits of this alternative care service include caring for a family member in an environment that is comfortable and safe and being able to generate income in a tough economy.

A manager/sponsor lives with the residents and integrates those who are receiving adult foster care into their family. Adult foster care homes are similar to assisted living centers in that they provide three different levels of care:

• Supervisory — General supervision, including daily awareness of resident functional and continuing needs; the ability to intervene in a crisis; and provide assistance in the self-administration of prescribed medications.

• Personal — Assistance with activities of daily living that can be performed by people without professional skills or professional training and includes the coordination of intermittent nursing services and the administration of medications and treatments by a nurse who is licensed.

• Directed — Programs and services including personal care services provided to people who are incapable of recognizing danger, summoning assistance, expressing needs and making basic care decisions.

The forum will also feature staff from the Arizona Department of Health Services, Pinal County’s Office of Licensing Services and Building Safety Department who will answer questions about how to establish and operate an adult foster care home.

Adult foster care home clients must be participants in the Arizona Long Term Care System and a home must dedicate at least one bed to a client and the sponsor/manager must reside at the site year-round, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

A provider must meet their community’s building codes and ordinances, have a letter of agreement with Pinal/Gila Long Term Care prior to receiving an operation license from ADHS and meet Pinal/Gila LTC contractual requirements. A provider must also receive care giving certification training and attend state training.

The Town of Payson zoning allows small group homes in just about every district, according to the Community Development office. A “small” group home is defined as having no more than six clients and two adult supervisors.

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