Ohio VA to Offer Nursing Home Alternative for Veterans

An alternative senior living model will give veterans in Cincinnati, Ohio a new place to call home. 

The Cincinnati VA Medical Center announced Thursday it will introduce the VA Medical Foster Home (MFH) Program to the Greater Cincinnati Tri-State area. The latest launch joins a nationwide network of MFHs already in place.

The model is meant to address long-term care needs, and allow veterans to remain in their communities and close to their families. 

“It is also a solution in cases where veterans are hesitant to leave their homes to live in institutional settings, despite safety and ethical concerns of them living alone,” the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) says in a news release. “MFHs can more easily be adapted to be age and culturally appropriate than some institutional settings.”

MFHs are privately owned or rented by community caregivers. Homes approved to be in the MFH program can have a maximum of three residents. MFH caregivers live in the home and perform primary caregiver duties for the veteran residents.

The arrangement is meant to be long-term, where the veteran may live for the remainder of his or her life. 

Caregivers are paid from the veteran’s personal funds each month. The monthly rate and care includes room, laundry service, personal care, three meals a day, medication management, activities, 24-hour supervision and assistance with activities of daily living. 

Written by Cassandra Dowell