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Northern Arizona VA Health Care System

 

Medical Foster Home

The Medical Foster Home (MFH) Program provides Veterans: 

·         An alternative to nursing home placement and long-term care

·         Veteran pays the Foster Home Caregiver directly for care, supervision, room and board

·         Primary care in the home in partnership with the VA Home Based Primary Care Program

·         An alternative to dependent, chronically or terminally ill Veterans with limited family support who prefer a community family setting for their long term care

·         Community-based living arrangement for adults who cannot live independently due to  physical or mental problems or disabilities

·         Protection, personal care, and room and board with one-on-one attention in a family setting

Medical Foster Home Environment:

·         Private / semi-private room

·         Variety of relationships

·         24-hour supervision

·         Flexibility in daily routine

·         Choice

·         Permanent home

·         Safeguards against abuse

·         Signed contract between Medical Foster Home Caregiver and the Veteran, family, or legal representative

·         Possibility for pets

Medical Foster Home Benefits:

·         Keeps the Veteran in a safe and healing home setting

·         Provides long-term healthcare

·         Offers personal care in the community

·         Offers assisted living that is more affordable to Veterans

·         Meets the increasing demand for long-term care services

·         Partners with Home Based Primary Care Team, including an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, Nurse, Social Worker, Dietitian, Psychologist, and Kinesiotherapist.

Medical Foster Home (MFH) Program requirements for homes:

·         Must be owned or rented by the Caregiver, and the home must be the Caregiver's actual place of residence

·         Be located, designed, equipped, and maintained to provide a home-like environment, safe care, and supervision for residents

·         Must be inspected by the Home Based Primary Care Team and by the VA safety personnel annually

·         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

MFH Program requirements for Caregivers:

·         Complete an application and have an interview with the MFH Program Coordinator and other staff as needed, be financially stable, and be at least 21 years old

·         Have formal or informal experience in patient care

·         Provide three personal references

·         Be physically able to provide the needed care, and have a written backup plan with relief people if unable to provide care

·         Be able to tell the Home Based Primary Care Team 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 within the residence

For more information about the Medical Foster Home Program: 

  • In Prescott or Flagstaff, please contact Ruby Rideout 928-776-5421 
  • In Kingman, please contact Cindy Treichel 928-718-7370

Contact Info

Location

  • Northern Arizona VA Health Care System
    Flagstaff Community Based Outpatinet Clinic
    Kingman Community Based Outpatient Clinic

Contact Number(s)

  • 928-445-4860 Ext. 5421
  • 928-718-7370

Hours of Operation

  • M-F 8:00a-4:30p