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home | Veterans' Benefits | The VA Medical Foster Care Program

The VA Medical Foster Care Program

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Until recently a Veteran needing medical care and without family to help had two options: move to assisted living if medical needs were not great, or move to a nursing home when the need for care was higher. Many veterans refused both institutional options, preferring to stay at home even if conditions were unsafe.

Recently, the VA has taken strides to offer Veterans a third alternative: living with a family in the community who offer room, board and personal care. Supported by a VA interdisciplinary home care team, caregivers in the community take a Veteran into their own home and provide 24-hour supervision and any necessary personal assistance.

The Veteran personally pays the home caregiver approximately $1200 to $3000 per month depending upon the care needs, the location and the individual situation. The VA assists by providing supervision and medical home care services, either through the Home Based Primary Care or Spinal Cord Injury Home Care programs.

Some of the Veterans choosing a medical foster home are eligible for fully VA-paid nursing home care, yet they choose to spend their personal funds for foster care because they greatly prefer this type of care, which costs approximately half what nursing home care would cost.

Medical Foster Homes can be distinguished from many other community residential care homes because, 1) the home is owned or rented by the caregiver; 2) the caregiver lives in the home and provides personal care and supervision; and 3) there are never more than three residents receiving care in the home. 

VA Medical Foster Homes began as a pilot program in Little Rock, Arkansas followed by two more programs in Tampa, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico.  As a result of its impressive success and potential as a long term care option for Veterans of all ages, the VA continues to actively develop the program and recruit care homes.

Here is a current list of the cities with active Medical Foster Homes If VA Medical Foster Care is something that you or a Veteran you know might be interested in, contact the closest VA Medical center for more information.



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