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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.
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
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
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
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