Skip Navigation
Michigan Department of Human ServicesMichigan.gov, Official Website for the State of Michigan
Michigan.gov Home
close print view

Differences Between an AFC and a HFA

In general, a home for the aged (HFA) provides care to persons who are aged (over the age of 60) while an adult foster care (AFC) home can provide care to any adult in need of adult foster care services. Additionally, Public Act 218 prohibits the licensure of new AFC's for more than 20 persons, while homes for the aged are licensed for 21 or more persons, unless they are operated as part of a nursing home.

The definition of AFC requires that adult foster care services be provided 24 hours a day, 5 or more days a week, for 2 or more consecutive weeks for compensation, while the definition for HFA does not have those additional qualifiers. Unlike nursing homes, AFC's and HFA's are prohibited from providing continuous nursing care though there are residents living in AFC's and HFA's who can receive hospice or nursing services from an outside agency.

See Who Needs Foster Care and What Needs to be Licensed for additional information.

Related Content
 •  What Needs to be Licensed
 •  Who Needs Foster Care
 •  Placement of a Resident
 •  Resident Rights
 •  AFC Advisory Council
QR code

Michigan.gov Home
PoliciesMichigan NewsMichigan.gov Survey


Copyright © 2014 State of Michigan