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Medical Foster Homes needed for Veterans

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The Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks (VHSO) is looking for caregivers to open their homes to Veterans in Southwest Missouri. VHSO now has a Medical Foster Home coordinator in Southwest Missouri, meaning Veterans in this region will have Medical Foster Homes as an option to nursing home care.

What is a Medical Foster Home? In a Medical Foster Home Veterans purchase the care and they are the boss—they live in a home setting with VA trained caregivers, enjoy family birthdays, holidays and life events in a setting that is inspected, monitored and supervised by the VA. Each Medical Foster Home can only have 2 Veterans thus the care is very individualized.

What are some of the basic requirements of a Medical Foster Home? Homes selected for the VA Medical Foster Home program go through a comprehensive screening and inspection process. These homes must be clean and homelike, have an interconnected smoke-fire alarm system that is monitored both remotely and on site, and meet other program guidelines. Caregivers must live in the home and maintain the home as a caring and supportive residence for the Veteran. VA staff visit the Veteran in the Medical Foster Home monthly or more often to make sure they are receiving good care and are satisfied living in the home.

VHSO has found Veterans are very satisfied with Medical Foster Homes as an alternative to nursing care. Take for example, Veteran Bob Patrick. At the age of 29, Bob Patrick went to Vietnam to serve his country. Now, at age 74, Bob is being served by a VHSO monitored Medical Foster Home. Through this program, Bob lives in a private home with a foster family trained and overseen by VHSO to meet his medical and personal care needs. Bob sees this as the best option to avoid living in a facility like a nursing home, “they are my family...my people...I'm safe and cared for.” Bob's VA trained caregiver, Cynthia Sugg, has been caring for elders for 30 years. “This is my calling, my life. Bob is part of our family and I want him to have a very good life.”

Currently, VHSO is looking for compassionate caregivers who are willing to open their homes up and offer Veterans a friendly and homelike atmosphere. Caregivers must have caregiving experience, complete an application, give references, caregiver homes must be within a 50 mile radius of the Mt. Vernon CBOC, and other steps are required. However, the process is well worth it to support our nation's Veterans. Those interested in being a caregiver may call Ron Bauder, LCSW, at 417-466-4000 ext. 61138.

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