The Adult Family Home Council is a mission driven member organization formed in 1995 providing adult family home providers with resources and training covering all aspects of their business. The Adult Family Home Council supports 11 regional chapters that conduct regular meetings, continuing education and networking opportunities. The Adult Family Home Council also advocates on behalf of AFH providers with the state legislature, the Department of Social and Health Services, as a member of the Washington State Senior Citizen’s Lobby, and is the exclusively recognized representative of adult family homes for purposes of collective bargaining.
The Adult Family Home Council exists to improve the lives & well-being of vulnerable adults through the support of Adult Family Home Providers.
- An Adult Family Home Provider recognizes and respects the dignity of residents without consideration for race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, social or economic status.
- An Adult Family Home Provider, while honoring the residents’ rights to self determination, will promote and protect the rights of all their residents.
- An Adult Family Home Provider is responsible and accountable for their individual practice and determining how they deliver optimum care to their residents.
- An Adult Family Home Provider acknowledges the responsibility to protect their own integrity, maintain competence in their field, and continue their personal and professional growth.
- Through their Associations and working with fellow members Adult Family Home Providers will promote their profession with continued education and political action in shaping the WACs and rules that govern their profession.
Standards of Practice for Adult Family Home Providers
- An Adult Family Home Provider, while respecting the dignity and rights of potential residents, admits only those residents whose care needs can be adequately met by the provider, while not endangering the safety of other residents. This allows the provider to support the physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and care needs of all residents. The assessments will be completed only by a qualified assessor (as specified in the Washington Administrative Code (WAC).
- As an Adult Family Home Provider, prior to admission of any resident, I will present my admission contract in a forthright manner and agreement with all WAC’s. The contract will clearly state all financial agreements (including Medicaid payment acceptance).
- An Adult Family Home Provider will support the family members and significant others of their residents as part of meeting the comprehensive needs of residents.
- An Adult Family Home Provider will collaborate with the resident, family, physicians, nurses, case managers, and other health care providers to create a plan of care that reflects the fundamental commitment to the uniqueness of each individual resident while meeting all their care needs.
- An Adult Family Home Provider will ensure the rights of all residents to be free of any form of abuse, exploitation, neglect or abandonment. As a mandated reporter, the provider will immediately report any reasonable suspicions of occurrence to the appropriate enforcement agencies.