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Charles George VA Medical Center - Asheville, NC

 

Medical Foster Home Care

Program Overview

The Medical Foster Home program matches disabled Veterans with non-family caregivers who share their homes to provide on-going care. The caregiver is trained by the VA, and the caregiver’s home is inspected by the VA to ensure safety and accessibility requirements are met. The caregiver makes a long-term commitment to the Veteran, even as the Veteran ages and his/her needs change; the goal is to avoid nursing home placement. The MFH program is coordinated by the VA, who provides oversight, training, support, medical care, and intervention.

Who Can Be a Caregiver

  • Must be 21 years old or older
  • Own or rent your own home
  • Have a vacant room, accessible to the Veteran (bathroom?)
  • Home must pass VA inspection for fire and safety
  • Comply with training requirements for home health

What Caregivers Provide

  • 24 hour care for Veteran
  • Protection for Veteran’s privacy and confidentiality
  • Management of medications
  • Assistance with personal care as needed
  • Emotional and social support
  • Nutritious meals
  • Activities with family and community

What the VA Provides

  • Technical support regarding requirements, home modifications
  • Inspection and approval of homes
  • Education and training for caregivers
  • Appropriate matching of Veteran with caregiver
  • Monitoring of Veteran and caregiver satisfaction
  • Primary Medical Care in the home through an interdisciplinary care team
  • Ongoing support to Veteran and caregiver as needs change

Financial Arrangements

Veterans choose to enter a MFH when they can no longer live independently and do not want to enter a skilled nursing home. The Veteran pays the caregiver based on the level of care required. The VA assists Veterans in accessing all available resources but does not pay directly for the MFH program.

MFHC Benefits

  • Veterans receive personal, ongoing care in a home setting
  • Medical care is stabilized with reduced visits to the Emergency Room or hospital
  • Nursing home care is postponed or avoided for Veterans who do not have family caregivers able to meet their needs
  • Caregivers earn income while working at home caring for a disabled Veteran
  • Caregivers have the opportunity to “give back” to our Nation’s Veterans
  • Caregivers receive on-going training and support from the MFH Coordinator and the home care team.

Contact Info

Location

  • Charles George VA Medical Center

Contact Number(s)

  • 828-298-7911 Ext. 3417

Hours of Operation

  • Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm