VA foster homes provide care for veterans

  • Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013 8:43 a.m.

SALISBURY — Aging and disabled veterans are finding a new place to call home. When living at home becomes difficult, some veterans would prefer to remain in a home-like setting rather than move to a nursing home. In times like this, it is nice to know there is a choice and the Salisbury VA Medical Foster Home team is here to help.

Medical foster homes are voluntary options for veterans. This is a model of care for addressing long-term care needs, while respecting veterans’ wishes to remain in their communities and close to their families. Medical foster homes are a solution for veterans who can no longer live at home and are reluctant to leave their homes to live in institutional settings. The expectation is veterans will age in place and become part of the medical foster home family.

Medical Foster Homes reflect VA goals to put veterans first and provide their care in the least restrictive setting. Medical foster homes are privately owned/rented by community caregivers who also live in the home. Caregivers undergo a rigorous and in-depth application process which includes a federal background check. This program matches veterans with caregivers who are willing to provide safe, comfortable accommodations, meals, transportation and 24-hour personalized care. The veteran is responsible for the cost which may be paid using a combination of payer sources. Charges are negotiated based on the veteran’s level of care needs and financial resources. In almost all cases, medical foster homes are a lower-cost alternative to nursing home placement. The greatest success of this program is its exceptional track record in veteran satisfaction and enabling self-determination among some of the most vulnerable veterans under VA care.

If you are either a veteran interested in living in a medical foster home, or interested in applying to become a caregiver, please call the VA Medical Foster Home Program at 704-639-2370, ext. 8657.

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