North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System
Medical Foster Home
A Dynamic Alternative to Long Term Care
Embedded in VA's Home Based Primary Care
What is the Medical Foster Home (MFH) program?
A service which provides an alternative to nursing home placement through the collaboration between:
- the Veteran and his/her family or legal representative funding the care
- the Medical Foster Home (MFH) caregivers providing the home and 24/7 care
- the VA - through the Home Based Primary Care team providing primary medical care in the homes and overseeing the MFH services. HBPC/MFH team includes an ARNP, RN, dietician, occupational therapist, recreational therapist, pharmacist, social worker, MFH Coordinator, and patient services assistant.
An alternative living situation for our dependent, chronically or terminally ill veterans with limited family support who prefer a community family setting for their long term care. Offers the ability to “age in place.”
A community-based living arrangement for Veterans who are unable to live independently because of physical or mental impairments or disabilities.
A service which provides 24-hour supervision, protection, and personal care in addition to room and board with one-on-one attention provided in a family setting.
Medical Foster Home Environment
- A private or semi-private (only if both Veterans agree to share) room
- A variety of relationships with caregivers, their families, and others
- Increased socialization and trips out in the community if Veteran is physically able
- 24 /7 supervision
- Flexibility in daily routine, usually not possible in a facility
- More choices regarding foods and daily schedule
- A permanent home
- Safeguards against abuse
- In some cases, the ability to take your pet to the foster home to live with you
- “Angels” to care for our Heroes!
- Maintains the Veteran in a safe/therapeutic environment
- Provides an alternative to living alone with inadequate social support
- Provides longitudinal health care in a home setting to include end-of-life care
- Offers personalized and customized care in the community
- Offers supportive care that is affordable to the non-service connected
- Meets the increasing demand for long term care services
- Offers access to Home Based Primary Care services for ongoing health care
- Offers increased quality of life for Veterans
Medical Foster Home Program Criteria
- Must be owned or rented by the caregiver and the home must be the caregiver’s actual place of residence.
- Must be located, designed, equipped, and maintained to ensure a home-like environment and to provide safe care and supervision for all residents.
- Must be inspected by HBPC multidisciplinary team and by VA fire/safety engineer.
- Meet all State and local licensure requirements and regulations, including construction, fire, maintenance, and sanitation regulations.
- Meet the applicable provisions of the most current edition of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Life Safety Code, Standard #101.
Requirements for Caregivers
- Complete an application and participate in an interview with the Medical Foster Home Program Coordinator and other staff as needed. Additional requirements include but are not limited to: providing proof of health and freedom from communicable diseases, being financially stable, having a back-up caregiver available, providing needed documentation of insurances, and be at least 21 years of age. Level II background checks for caregivers are strongly suggested.
- Have formal or informal experience in patient care.
- Provide at least two personal references and one professional reference.
- Be physically able to provide the needed care and have a written backup plan if they become incapacitated, including designation of relief persons.
- Be able to communicate with the Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) health care team any significant changes in the veterans’ normal appearance, behavior or state of health and be willing to accept, participate in and follow the veteran’s treatment plan. Ensure a congenial and home-like atmosphere within the residence.
Requirements for Veterans
- Are nursing home level-of-care.
- Do not have to have a service-connected disability.
- Must be enrolled in VA healthcare and be eligible for and willing to accept enrollment in Home Based Primary Care.
- Must be willing to live in the catchment area for MFH and the treatment team.
- Veteran/family/legal representative will sign a contract with the Medical Foster Home caregiver, describing the services to be provided and the payment to be made by the veteran to the caregiver. Payment is based on the level of care needed by the veteran. VA staff will assist Veterans in applying for any financial programs for which they may be eligible.
Watch the American Veteran video on the VA Medical Foster Home program.
Midtown Jacksonville Home Based Primary Care/MFH Program Office
4161 Carmichael Ave, Ste 152
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Hours of Operation
- Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm