Medical Foster Home - Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center
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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.

Contact Info


  • Building 16

Contact Number(s)

  • 610-384-7711 Ext. 3373

Hours of Operation

  • Monday thru Friday
    8:00am to 4:30pm