Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
fostering family…my mission, my VA
A Medical Foster Home is an alternative to a nursing home for Veterans who are no longer able to safely live independently. The program helps connect Veterans with caregivers in the community who are willing to open up their home and serve in the role of a strong family member, providing Veterans with a safe environment for aging. The program works in conjunction with Home-Based Primary Care to provide the in-home medical care needed by aging Veterans.
The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center's Medical Foster Home Program placed their first Veteran with a caregiver in December 2014 and since that time the program has expanded to seven homes in the community. Many Veterans enrolled in health care at Charleston VAMC prefer this type of setting over a traditional nursing home and Program Coordinator Natasha Simeon-Major is eager to find additional caregivers for Veterans looking to join the program. If you are interested in becoming a caregiver or have questions about the program, contact Simeon-Major at (843) 789-7071.
To learn more about qualifying criteria and hear directly from caregivers themselves, check out ABC News 4's coverage of the Medical Foster Home Program at Charleston VAMC.