Medical Foster Home - VA North Texas Health Care System
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Medical Foster Home

The Medical Foster Home (MFH) program provides Veterans with an affordable option for long-term care and an alternative to nursing home placement. The program is for Veterans who have a chronic disabling illness or condition, are unable to safely live alone, and have limited social support or access to the care they need.

In this program, Veterans are able to live in a home-like environment that enhances their quality of life. They receive quality care including 24-hour care and supervision, room and board, medication management and assistance with daily tasks and personal care needs.

Care provided through the program is at the expense of the Veteran and his/her family or legal representative. The cost of care is based on the Veteran's needs and financial resources. The MFH coordinator will work with the Veteran and Veterans Benefits Administration (if Veteran is eligible) to help maximize benefits to assist with payment.

Home Requirements:

  • Owned or rented by the caregiver
  • Home must be the caregiver's primary residence
  • Maximum of 3 residents/care recipients (Veterans and/or Non-Veterans) per home
  • Located within VA's Home Based Primary Care service area (within 500 miles from Dallas VAMC)
  • Located, designed, equipped and maintained to provide a home-like environment, safe care and supervision for residents
  • Inspected by the Home Based Primary Care Team and by VA fire/safety personnel
  • Meet all state and local licensure requirements and regulations including construction, fire, maintenance and sanitation regulations
  • Meet the proper provisions of the most current edition of the National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code, Standard #101

Caregiver Requirements:

  • Financially stable, at least 21 years old, and have formal or informal patient care experience
  • Complete application/inspection process
  • Committed to providing long term care for Veterans, usually until the end of life
  • Physically able to provide the needed care and have a written backup plan with relief caregiver(s) identified
  • Notify the Home Based Primary Care Team about changes in the Veteran's normal appearance, behavior or health, and be willing to accept and follow the Veteran’s treatment plan
  • Ensure a friendly and homelike atmosphere

Program Benefits:

  • Provides Veterans and their families with another option for long term care
  • Interdisciplinary home care with the goal of stabilizing the Veteran's health and avoiding hospitalizations
  • Long-term care and companionship for Veterans and the opportunity for caregivers to give back to America's heroes
  • Caregivers receive ongoing training and support from the MFH coordinator and Home Based Primary Care team
  • MFH coordinator and Home Based Primary Care team monitor the Veteran's care and make periodic home visits
  • Safe and therapeutic home environment
  • Private room
  • Variety of relationships     
  • 24-hour care and supervision
  • Flexibility in daily routine (personal/individualized care) 
  • Transportation to medical appointments
  • 3 meals a day and snacks      
  • Socialization and recreation     
  • Safeguards against abuse      
  • Possibility for pets

Contact Info

Location

  • Dallas VAMC, Bldg 1, 2nd Floor, Rm 201
    Fort Worth, 1st Floor, Rm 1S-547

Contact Number(s)

  • 214-372-8840
  • 817-730-0335

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.