MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

November 16, 2012

VA center forming foster home program


— The Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center announced the development of a new medical foster home program, which gives eligible veterans the option of living in a family setting when they can no longer stay in their own home.

Placement in a medical foster home is voluntary, and the program will help match eligible veterans with approved homes and experienced caregivers who will provide the veteran with room and board, personal care and 24-hour supervision.

Veterans also will receive in-home medical visits from the VA center’s  home-based primary care team.

The program will monitor and conduct oversight of each medical foster home, and approved caregivers must meet annual training requirements and must pass an annual VA inspection.

According to a media release, medical foster homes are an affordable alternative to nursing homes or assisted living facilities, and cost will be based on the veteran’s care needs and financial resources. Caregivers will be paid directly by the veteran or the veterans’ family or legal representative.

For information about the program or to find out if you are entitled to additional VA benefits that will help pay for it, call Susie Kent at (918) 628-2723.