Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Medical Foster Home
What is a Medical Foster Home?
A Medical Foster Home (MFH) is a type of Community Residential Care home chosen by a Veteran who is unable to live independently. It offers family-style living with room, board, and personal care. The Medical Foster Home is matched with the Veteran's physical, social and emotional needs, including supervision and protection. A Medical Foster Home can be an option for Veterans who require nursing home care but prefer a non-institutional setting.
What does the Medical Foster Home Program offer?
- Community living arrangements for Veterans who are unable to live independently because of physical or mental limitations.
- Community living in a family setting where a Veteran receives personal attention.
- An alternative option to nursing home placement for those Veterans that prefer a family-oriented environment.
- Primary Care in the home provided by CVAMC's Home Based Primary Care program.
- Care that is provided at the expense of the Veteran.
How does a home qualify as a Medical Foster Home?
- Be owned or rented by the caregiver and be his or her actual place of residence.
- Be located, designed, equipped, and maintained to provide a home-like environment, safe care, and supervision for Veterans.
- Be inspected by the Home Based Primary Care team and by CVAMC's fire and safety personnel.
- Meet the proper provisions of the most current edition of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Life Safety Code.
What does an appropriate environment provide?
- Private or semi-private room
- Variety of personal relationships
- 24-hour supervision
- Flexibility in daily routines
- Permanent home
- Safeguards against abuse
- Signed agreement between caregiver and the Veteran, family or legal representative
- Pet-friendly environment
How does someone qualify as a prospective caregiver?
- Complete an application and have an interview with the Medical Foster Home program coordinator and other staff as needed, be financially stable, and be at least 21 years old.
- Have formal or informal experience with patient care.
- Be physically able to provide the needed care, and have a written backup plan with relief persons if he or she is unable to provide care.
- Be able to communicate with the Home Based Primary Care team regarding changes in the Veteran's normal appearance, behavior, or health.
- Be willing to accept, participate in and follow the Veteran's treatment plan.
- Ensure a congenial and home-like atmosphere within the residence.
What are the benefits of the program?
- Provides a safe and healing home setting
- Provides long-term healthcare
- Offers personal care in the community
- Offers affordable assisted living
- CVAMC's Home Based Primary Care team provides oversight from a nurse, social worker, dietitian, psychologist, and therapist
For more Geriatrics & Extended Care programs, visit our Geriatrics & Extended Care page.
- Building 26
- 610-384-7711 Ext. 3373
Hours of Operation
Monday thru Friday
8:00am to 4:30pm