North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System
Medical Foster Home
Learn more about the Medical Foster Home Program and how the VA provides oversight. Take a tour of a Medical Foster Home. As one resident says, “It gives you more security, more feeling of belonging, and that’s good."
What is a Medical Foster Home
Medical Foster Homes (MFH) are private homes in which a trained caregiver provides services, such as assistance with activities of daily living, to Veterans who live in the home. A MFH can serve as an alternative to a nursing home or assisted living care. It may be suitable for Veterans who require nursing home care but prefer a home-like family setting with fewer residents. The Veteran will have a private or semi-private room. It is presumed to be the Veterans permanent home and offers the ability to “age in place”.
Medical Foster Homes have a trained caregiver on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This caregiver can give one-to-one attention and carry out activities of daily living (e.g., bathing, getting dressed, feeding). The VA ensures that the caregiver is well trained to provide VA planned care and provides oversight. While living in a MFH, Veterans receive Home Based Primary Care services. The cost of the Medical Foster Home is less than institutional long-term care placement and is paid by the Veteran to the caregiver using private income, Social Security of VA benefits.
Medical Foster Home Requirements
- Owned or rented by the caregiver (CG) and must be the CG’s actual place of residence.
- Located, designed, equipped and maintained to ensure a home-like setting and to give safe care and supervision for all residents.
- Inspected and approved by VA Medical Foster Home Coordinator, Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) team and by a VA Safety Specialist.
- Meet state and local licensure requirements and rules. This includes construction, fire, maintenance, and sanitation regulations.
Requirements for Caregivers
- Complete an application and be interviewed by the MFH Coordinator and other staff as needed.
- Be financially stable.
- Be at least 21 years old.
- Have had experience caring for disabled and/or elderly people.
- Have a designated relief person.
- Be physically able to give the care needed and have a backup plan if they should become injured or ill.
- Be able to communicate with the HBPC team about the Veteran’s medical condition and follow the Veteran’s treatment plan.
- Ensure a friendly, home-like feeling in the home.
- Have a heart for caregiving, especially for Veterans.
- Complete Criminal History check and State Registry checks.
Benefits of a MFH to the Veteran
- The Veteran will live in a safe and healing home.
- Social supports are increased.
- Home Based Primary Care and services are provided in the home.
- Costs less than a nursing home.
How to Obtain MFH CareRequest the patient’s Provider or PACT Social Worker to submit a computer consult to Home Care and specify Medical Foster Home Program location. Veteran and/or family will be contacted by the VA Medical Foster Home Program Coordinator when MFH consult is received.
Medical Foster Home in the News & Resources
- Medical Foster Home Program
- Southern Living Magazine
- People Magazine
- The Doctor's TV Show
- Medical Foster Home Brochure
- North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System
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