Medical Foster Home Program - VA Maine Healthcare System
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VA Maine Healthcare System


Medical Foster Home Program

The program offers a safe, long-term, home-like environment and an economical housing alternative for veterans who are unable to remain in their own homes because of health issues.

Medical Foster Home Environment

  • Private/semi-private room
  • Variety of relationships
  • 24 hour supervision
  • Flexibility in daily routine
  • Permanent home
  • Safeguards against abuse
  • Signed contract between Medical Foster Home caregiver and the veteran, family, or legal representative
  • Possibility of pets

Medical Foster Home Benefits

  • Keeps the veteran in a safe and healing home setting.
  • Provides long-term healthcare
  • Offers personal care in the community
  • Offers assisted living that is more affordable to veterans
  • Meets the increasing demand for long-term care services
  • Offers access to the Home Based Primary Care Team, including an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, Nurse, Social Worker, Dietician, Psychologist and Therapist

Contact your VA primary care provider for information or a referral to the Medical Foster Home Program.

Medical Foster Home Program Requirements for Homes

  • Must be owned or rented by the caregiver, and the home must be the caregiver's actual place of residence
  • Be located, designed, equipped, and maintained to provide a home-like environment, safe care, and supervision for residents
  • Must be inspected by the Home Based Primary Care Team and by the VA safety personnel
  • Meet all state and local licensure requirements and regulations, including construction, fire, maintenance, and sanitation regulations.
  • Meet the proper provisions of the most current edition of the National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code

Medical Foster Home Program Requirements for Caregivers

  • Interview with the MHF Program Coordinator and other staff as needed, be financially stable, and be at least 21 years old
  • Have formal or informal experience in patient care
  • Have a criminal background check and provide three personal references
  • Be physically able to provide the needed care, and have a written backup plan with relief people if unable to provide care
  • Be able to tell the VA Home Based Primary Care Team changes in the veteran's normal appearance, behavior, or health, and be willing to accept and follow the veteran's treatment plan
  • Ensure a friendly and home-like atmosphere within the residence

Watch our The American Veteran Video and learn more about the VA Medical Foster Home Program.

Contact Info


  • Building 207, Room 129

Contact Number(s)

  • 207-623-8411 Ext. 4558

Hours of Operation

  • 8:00am to 4:30pm