Medical Foster Home Program - VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
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VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System


Medical Foster Home Program

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 The Medical Foster Home (MFH) Program provides Veterans:

  • An affordable option for long-term care and an alternative to nursing home placement for Veterans who have a chronic disabling illness or condition, are unable to safely live alone, and have limited social support or access to the care they need.
  • A home-like environment to enhance the Veteran's quality of life.
  • Quality care that includes 24-hour care and supervision, room and board, medication management, and assistance with daily tasks and personal care needs.
  • An interdisciplinary home care team (VA Home Based Primary Care) that includes a nurse, pharmacist, dietician, psychologist, social worker, rehabilitation therapist, and recreational therapist.

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MFH Program Environment

  • Safe and therapeutic home environment
  • Private / semi-private room
  • Variety of relationships      
  • 24-hour care and supervision
  • Flexibility in daily routine (personal/individualized care)  
  • Transportation to medical appointments
  • 3 meals/day and snacks       
  • Socialization and recreation      
  • Safeguards against abuse       
  • Possibility for pets
  • VA Medical Foster Home Coordinator and Home Based Primary Care team will monitor the Veteran's care and make periodic home visits
  • Care is provided at the expense of the Veteran and his/her family or legal representative and cost of care is based on the Veteran's care needs and financial resources
  • MFH Coordinator will work with Veterans and VBA to help maximize benefits (if the Veteran is eligible) to assist the Veteran in their ability to pay for his/her care in the MFH

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MFH Program Benefits

  • Provides Veterans and their families with a new option for long term care
  • VA Home Based Primary Care team provides interdisciplinary home care with the goal of stabilizing the Veteran's health and avoiding hospitalizations
  • Provides long-term care and companionship for Veterans and the opportunity for caregivers to give back to America's heroes
  • Caregivers receive ongoing training and support from the Medical Foster Home Coordinator and Home Based Primary Care team

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MFH Program requirements for Homes:

  • Must be owned or rented by the caregiver, and the home must be the caregiver's primary residence
  • Maximum of 3 residents/care recipients (Veterans and/or Non-Veterans) per home
  • Must be located within the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System's Home Based Primary Care service area (within 60 miles from Ann Arbor, MI, or within 60 miles from Toledo, OH)
  • Be located, designed, equipped, and maintained to provide a home-like environment, safe care, and supervision for residents
  • Must be inspected by the Home Based Primary Care team and by the VA fire/safety personnel
  • Meet all state (Michigan and Ohio) and local licensure requirements and regulations, including construction, fire, maintenance, and sanitation regulations
  • Meet the proper provisions of the most current edition of the National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code, Standard #101

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MFH Program requirements for Caregivers:

  • Complete the Medical Foster Home application/inspection process
  • Be financially stable, at least 21 years old, and have formal or informal patient care experience
  • Be committed to providing long term care for Veterans, usually until the end of life
  • Be physically able to provide the needed care, and have a written backup plan with relief caregiver(s) identified
  • Notify the Home Based Primary Care team about changes in the Veteran’s normal appearance, behavior, or health, and be willing to accept and follow the Veteran’s treatment plan
  • Ensure a friendly and homelike atmosphere within the residence

MFH Resources

For more information, contact the Medical Foster Home Program Office at:         (734) 222-4269 or Toll Free at (800) 361-8387 ext. 24269.











Contact Info


  • VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System

Contact Number(s)

  • 734-222-4269 Ext. 24269
  • 800-361-8387 Ext. 24269

Hours of Operation

  • Mon-Fri 7:30am-4:00pm