Senior Housing Girl
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Senior Housing Listings recently caught up with Barbara Keller, owner/operator of Lindmont Avenue Veterans Home located in Durham, NC to find out more about the Medical Foster Care program for Veterans. Medical Foster Homes are private homes in which a trained caregiver provides services to a few individuals and can serve as an alternative to assisted living or nursing home care. Because not a lot of seniors know this type of care is an option, we thought it would be important to find out more.
What is the oversight like for a Medical Foster Home?
As a VA Medical Foster Home, our home is inspected annually and approved by a team of inspectors from the Veterans Administration, including Safety, Dietary, Physical Environment, and Nursing/Medical. All VAMFHs have a three resident limit, and caregivers live on premises, providing 24 hour supervision.
What is the process a Veteran would go through to qualify? Where would he/she start?
The best place to start is by contacting the VA Medical Foster Home Coordinator. In this area, that is Bonnie Garnette at 919-286-0411 ext. 7523. (Nationally 1-800-827-1000)
Are these types of home available outside of NC also?
The VA Medical Foster Home Program is nationwide, but has not yet been implemented in all areas of the US.
Are there income limits or other requirements a Veteran must meet?
There are no income limits, but the veterans must have been declared by a physician as unable to live independently, be registered with the VA, and approved for services through Home Based Primary Care.
What types of services are provided at a Medical Foster Home?
Some of the services provided are: medication management, three meals/snacks daily, 24 hour care/supervision, assistance with activities of daily living, home-like setting, transportation to medical/dental appointments, home visits from VA staff including, nurse practitioner, occupational therapist, recreation therapist, nutritionist, and social worker.
What is the typical cost range?
You will have to pay for the Medical Foster Home yourself or through other insurance. The charge for a Medical Foster Home is about $1500 to $3000 each month based on your income and the level of care you need. The specific cost is agreed upon ahead of time by you and the Medical Foster Home caregiver. At Lindmont the cost ranges from $1850 to $2400 per month at his time, and are based on care needs.
What are the benefits of living in a home v/s a community?
Some benefits of living in a home versus a community are the very personalized care provided, real home cooked meals, and family atmosphere.
Thank you so much Barbara for providing us with more information on this little known but valuable resource. For more information on Lindmont Avenue Veterans Home you may contact Barbara Keller at 919-237-3161.
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