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New program offers alternative living for veterans in need

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A new program is hoping to enlist community members to serve and protect veterans who spent years serving and protecting our nation. The Medical Foster Home program is an alternative to nursing home care.

"A veteran will be able to be placed into a personal home and be cared for by a family that lives in that home instead of being placed in institutional care into a nursing home facility," Medical Foster Home Program Coordinator Alice Entrekin explained.

She says many times, veterans don't have family members that are able to care for them, and that leads to a lack of social interaction. This program aims to give veterans a loving home with people who can care for their specific needs.

Like other foster home programs, there are some requirements that must be met including:

-Must be at least 21 years of age
-Own or rent your home
-Be versed in giving personal care
-Provide 24 hour care to the veteran(s)
-Have a plan in case you are temporarily unable to provide care
-Follow the HBPC team's treatment plan for the veteran(s)
-Home must meet all federal, state and local licensure requirements and regulations

Veterans and caregivers will also sign a payment agreement upon entering the program. Caregivers will be paid anything between $1,300 and $3,000 depending on the level of care. That pay will come directly from the veteran or the veteran's family.

Each home is only allowed to have up to three veterans at a time. They will also be provided with a team of doctors, nurses, social workers, and other VA healthcare professionals.

If you would like to learn more about the program, or apply to be a VA Medical Foster Home caregiver, visit http://www.biloxi.va.gov/biloxi/services/mfc.asp.

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