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VA Medical Foster Home Program Now Available in Tarrant County

September 13, 2013

FORT WORTH - Many older Veterans live independently for years through the support of assistive devices and home care services. When the Veteran declines to a point where it is no longer safe to live alone, the Medical Foster Home program at VA North Texas Health Care System offers an alternative to traditional nursing home placement.
 
Since 2008, the program has had great success, providing safe, long-term, home-like environment for Veterans who are unable to remain in their own homes because of health issues.  The Medical Foster Home program offers a loving home with a caretaker instead of a long-term care facility and also presents an economical housing alternative.  That’s where individuals in the Tarrant County area can get involved to help.
 
VA North Texas Health Care System is currently searching for individuals in or near Arlington, Hurst, Euless, Bedford, Crowley and other surrounding areas who are willing to take a Veteran into their home and provide 24-hour supervision as well as needed personal assistance.  The expectation is that this is a long-term commitment where the Veteran may live for the remainder of his or her life. 

Caregivers are paid based on the level of care needed, ranging from someone with dementia with some dependence in activities of daily living to someone who is incontinent, bed-bound and needs to be turned every few hours.  Criteria for caregivers include:

  • Over age 21
  • Own or rent a home and live there with the Veteran(s)
  • Read, write and speak English
  • Complete a criminal background check 
  • Certified in first aid and CPR or willing to become certified
  • Allow a VA interdisciplinary treatment team into the home for monthly visits
  • Willing to accept, participate in and follow the Veteran’s treatment plan

Interested caregivers living in the Arlington/HEB/Crowley and surrounding areas of Tarrant County can receive more information about the Medical Foster Home program by contacting Joyce Sanders-King at 817-730-0335 or Czarvitto Rogers at 817-730-0268.

MEDIA CONTACT: ntxpublicaffairs@va.gov

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VA North Texas Health Care System serves more than 113,000 patients each year, delivering more than 1.4 million outpatient visits to Veterans in 38 North Texas counties and two counties in southern Oklahoma.