Medical Foster Homes Are Option For Some
There are many nursing homes throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul. It may be fair to say that all of them have veterans living within them they called medical foster homes.
The reason why veterans live in nursing homes is because living at home can become too difficult for them. The one way that they are able to get the care that they need is by receiving care in nursing homes and other institutions.
Minneapolis Medical Foster Homes
But Minneapolis has something a bit different for veterans and they are called “Medical Foster Homes.”
In these homes, veterans are able to live with skilled families that are very loving. These homes are state licensed and inspected by the VA. The family provides the veteran’s daily care with the assistance of health care professionals.
A major difference is the amount of personal involvement that the families have in the veterans that they house. This reduces the chances of there being any sort of negligence or physical or elder sexual abuse. The families within these homes are also able to handle the responsibility, as they have very few individuals to take care of.
One Korean War veteran chose to enter a medical foster home. Like many other veterans, he likes to reminisce over photos from the time he served. He said he had some good memories of his time serving and that there were some rather nice ports that he visited.
Of course, his life has changed a lot since then.
Being someone with medical problems and no family, he was forced into nursing homes. When he heard about Medical Foster Homes, he was ready to give it a try. He says it is very interesting having a family.
The family receives help from the VA staff in ensuring the veteran and the other veterans in the program receive individualized care.
One caregiver was noted as saying that out of all of the careers she has had in the past, this is the only one that makes her feel as if she is making a difference in someone’s life. She compares it to being in a blended family.
For veterans that do have families, there is an open door policy that welcomes them.
One woman said she was going downhill while she was being cared for in her home. Her sister would come visit her and help take care of her when possible, but the 5 ½ hour drive one way was a bit overwhelming. Placing the woman in a Medical Foster Home resulted in improved care and a better quality of life. Before she moved into the home, she weighed just less than 70 pounds and is now over 100 pounds.
So far, the Minneapolis VA Medical Foster Home Program has 22 homes with at least three veterans living in each home. This is the largest program of its kind in the country.
There is a monthly fee that has to be paid in order to stay in a Medical Foster Home. This fee is paid with a combination of the veteran’s Social Security, VA and private income. The result is their housing, food, and basic needs being taken care of every single day.
Report Suspected Abuse and Neglect in Medical Foster Homes
For more information from the Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Health Facility Complaints concerning nursing homes, assisted living and other elder care providers view resolved complaints at the MDH website.
If you have concerns about any form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.