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Battle Creek VA Medical Center

 

Medical Foster Home

Medical Foster Home
What We Do

The Medical Foster Home (MFH) Program provides Veterans:

  • An affordable option for long-term care and an alternative to nursing home placement 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.
  • A home-like environment to enhance the Veteran's quality of life.
  • Quality care that includes 24-hour care and supervision, room and board, medication management, and assistance with daily tasks and personal care needs.
  • An interdisciplinary home care team (VA Home Based Primary Care) that includes a nurse, pharmacist, dietician, psychologist, social worker, rehabilitation therapist, and recreational therapist.
Key Staff

Program Manager

Sam Beals, Medical Foster Home Coordinator
(269) 966-5600 Ext. 35635

For Program Information

Contact the Medical Foster Home Program Office at (269) 223-5635 or Toll Free at (888) 214-1247 ext. 35635.

Service Information

MFH Program Environment

  • Safe and therapeutic home environment
  • Private / semi-private room
  • Variety of relationships
  • 24-hour care and supervision
  • Flexibility in daily routine (personal/individualized care)
  • Transportation to medical appointments
  • 3 meals/day and snacks
  • Socialization and recreation
  • Safeguards against abuse
  • Possibility for pets
  • VA Medical Foster Home Coordinator and Home Based Primary Care team will monitor the Veteran's care and make periodic home visits
  • Care is provided at the expense of the Veteran and his/her family or legal representative and cost of care is based on the Veteran's care needs and financial resources
  • MFH Coordinator will work with Veterans and VBA to help maximize benefits (if the Veteran is eligible) to assist the Veteran in their ability to pay for his/her care in the MFH

MFH Program Benefits

  • Provides Veterans and their families with a new option for long term care
  • VA Home Based Primary Care team provides interdisciplinary home care with the goal of stabilizing the Veteran's health and avoiding hospitalizations
  • Provides 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 Medical Foster Home Coordinator and Home Based Primary Care team

MFH Program Requirements for Homes

  • Must be owned or rented by the caregiver, and the home must be the caregiver's primary residence
  • Maximum of 3 residents/care recipients (Veterans and/or Non-Veterans) per home
  • Must be located within the VA Battle Creek Medical Center’s service area
  • Must be inspected by the Home Based Primary Care team and by the VA fire/safety personnel
  • Meet all state (Michigan and Ohio) 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

MFH Program Requirements for Caregivers

  • Complete the Medical Foster Home application/inspection process
  • Be financially stable, at least 21 years old, and have formal or informal patient care experience
  • Be committed to providing long term care for Veterans, usually until the end of life
  • Be 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 within the residence

Contact Info

Location

  • Battle Creek VA Medical Center
    Bldg. 13, Room 010

Contact Number(s)

  • 269-223-5635
  • 888-214-1247 Ext. 35635

Hours of Operation

  • 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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