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WHERE HEROES MEET ANGELS

The VA Northern Indiana Health Care System is proud to announce a new program to meet the long term care needs of Veterans in our Community, the Medical Foster Home Program.  We would like to introduce you to this program and work with you to recruit interested caregivers and Veterans needing care.
 
Medical Foster Homes (MFH) are alternative long-term care living environments that provide room, board, personal care and supervision to Veterans who do not require hospital care, but because of medical or psychosocial health conditions, are not able to live independently and have no suitable family resources to provide the needed care.
 
MFH works by matching a Veteran who would like to live in a MFH with a VA approved family & home in the community.  Caregivers provide the Veteran with personal care assistance and support with their activities of daily living.  Veterans also receive VA Home Based Primary Care, which is an interdisciplinary approach to home care that provides ongoing medical care to the Veteran along with support and education to the caregiver.  In return for the care, the Veteran compensates the caregiver directly.
 
 

WHAT IS THE MEDICAL FOSTER HOME?
 
The Medical Foster Home (MFH) program is a community option for non institutional long term care chosen by the Veteran who is unable to live independently because of chronic illness and lack of needed support to remain safely in their home.
 
Caregivers in the community open their homes to provide care and needed assistance to a Veteran.  The VA interviews prospective caregivers and conducts a safety inspection of their home.  Eligible Veterans are matched with an approved home.
 
The MFH Caregivers partner with the VA Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) team to provide continuity and primary care to the Veteran.
 
The Veteran must have sufficient income or eligibility for enhanced income to cover the costs of medical foster home care.  A signed agreement between the Veteran and Medical Foster Home Caregiver establishes the cost of care and services provided to the Veteran.
 
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
 
  • Veterans who are recieving healthcare services from a VA Healthcare provider.
  • Veterans who have a diagnosis of a complex chronic disabling illness or condition.
  • Veterans who are unable to safely live independently, and have no significant others able to provied needed care.
  • Veterans who have care needs that can be met by MFH and the HBPC team.
  • Veterans must also meet the clinical criteria for nursing home level of care.

 

HOMES:
 
Must be owned or rented by the caregiver and location of the home must be the caregiver's actual place of residence.  Homes should be located within 60 miles of the VANIHCS Fort Wayne or Marion Campuses.
 
Be located, designed, equipped, and maintained to ensure a home-like environment and to provide safe care and supervision for residents.
 
Must pass an initial and annual inspection by a VA multidisciplinary team including a VA Safety Officer.
 
Comply with all state and local licensure requirements and regulations, including construction, fire, maintenance and sanitation.
 
 
Meet the applicable provisions of the most current edition of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Life Safety Code.
 
CAREGIVERS:
 
Complete an application and participate in an interview with the Medical Foster Home Program Coordinator, be financially stable and at least 21 years of age.
 
Have formal or informal care giving experience.  Participate in annual training.
 
Agree to a criminal background check and provide at least three personal and work related references.
 
Physically able to provide the needed care and have a written backup plan including identified relief persons.
 
Able to communicate with the Home Based Primary Care team and willing to accept, participate and follow the Veteran's treatment plan.
 
Ensure a congenial and homelike atmosphere within the residence.
 

HOW DOES MFH BENEFIT THE VETERAN?
 
  • MFH provides a homelike environment to enhance the Veteran's quality of life
  • 24 hour supervision and assistance with daily needs
  • Flexibility and Choice
  • Caring and meaningful relationships in a family setting
  • no more than 3 residents receiving care in the home
  • Leisure and enrichment activities appropriate to the Veteran's interests
  • Promotes continuity of care between the Veteran, MFH Caregiver and VA healthcare providers

For more information call:

Amy Sczerbowicz, LCSW

Medical Foster Home Coordinator

1-800-360-8387

(260) 241-7561

 

 

Fort Wayne Campus

2121 Lake Avenue

Fort Wayne, IN 46805-5100

(260) 426-5431

 

 

Marion Campus

1700 East 38th Street

Marion, IN 46953-4589

(765) 674-3321

 

VETERAN’S SERVICE OFFICE NOBLE COUNTY



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TUESDAY                      10 AM TO 4 PM

WEDNESDAY               2 PM TO 8 PM


OTHER TIMES BY APPOINTMENT


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ALBION, IN 46701


MIKE CLOUSE

OFFICE 260-636-1298

CELL PHONE  260-750-1230

E-MAIL  mclouse@nobleco.org






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