A Unique Concept in Senior Care: Foster Care for Veterans

Veterans have the opportunity to take advantage of a unique Medical Foster Home Program in lieu of moving into a nursing home once they are no longer capable of living alone. The program is available in select communities across the country, but is quickly being adopted in new regions. Visit the Department of Veterans Affairs for a listing of developing medical foster home programs.

Veterans who may not have family willing or able to take them in when they require 24-hour care can move into the home of a volunteer foster family prepared to assist with activities of daily living and participate in the veteran’s care plan for a monthly fee, usually ranging between $1,500 and $4,000, depending on the level of care required.

Through the program, an Interdisciplinary Treatment Team will make a monthly visit to evaluate the patient’s care needs, provide foster family education, conduct patient care, and ensure that the foster family is appropriately trained to handle the veteran’s care as needs may change over time.

The veteran receiving care is actually responsible for paying the medical foster home family, although the total costs (at the high end) are approximately half of the cost of a nursing home. Medical Foster Homes can be subject to state regulations regarding licensure and usually can be licensed to accept up to three residents receiving care (a total of both veterans and non-veterans receiving care).

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Individuals wishing to apply to become a medical foster home must meet a number of requirements, per Hartford Wellness Examiner Diana Duel. For example, in Pennsylvania, if you wish to become a medical foster home, you must:

  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Own or rent your own home
  • Be fluent in English
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Be CPR and first-aid certified
  • Permit monthly Interdisciplinary Treatment Team visits
  • Accept and participate in the veteran’s treatment plan

Overall, the Medical Foster Care Program is an excellent way for veterans to maximize their benefit dollars while having an active choice about where they’ll receive care. For families who become a medical foster home, it’s much more than exchanging room and board for money. Caregivers get the satisfaction of improving the quality of life of a veteran who has served our country, and often benefit from companionship and recounts of times of active service that may otherwise never be shared.

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4 Responses to “A Unique Concept in Senior Care: Foster Care for Veterans”

  1. mary hamilton says:

    Hello, I am a foster parent for children, and this sounds very interesting, can you email me information and let me kmow if this program is in Berks County,PA

  2. Darrell says:

    We are happy to say that we are caregiver’s for a Medical Foster Home for a Veteran. It is a rewarding, in the lives of the Caregiver and the Veteran’s. We would like to be in contact with other MFH caregivers throughout the United States. For the Veteran it is a place that they can call a home and family. We are the first in the state of Kansas to have this opertunity to provide this level of home care for a Veteran. It is almost one year now for our home to be open for a stranger but a Veteran who has become so much part of our family. We now call our Veteran brother. So please if you can care for a Veteran who has protected your homeland and sacrificed so much. It is time to give back some hope for a Veteran. Please contact me at dhacker51@gmail.com
    Thank You

  3. Hello, just today I inquired about fostering for a veteran and it makes me excited!!:) I can’t think of a better way to pay it forward than this opportunity. Was just thinking I would get your input on our situation before I go any farther. First of all my husband and I own a small bar and grill and second we have our home(mobile home) on the same property. Would this be a determent for application? Just wondering because I am excited about this and well..don’t want to get too far into the process to end up disappointed. Any thoughts or advise is greatly appreciated. Thanks for letting me bend your ear. Have a great day!!;) Deb

  4. Gail Mills says:

    I am interested in becoming a veteran foster care home please send me information.

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