New Program for Vets at the VA

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The Sheridan VA is offering a new program, the Medical Foster Home Program, for its vets as an alternative to going into nursing homes. Willing community members would open their homes and serve in the role of a strong family caregiver. Foster Home Coordinator Margaret LaRocca...

Interdisciplinary teams will be there to support both the veteran and the caregiver. Mark Mann, Chief of Mental Health Services at the VA...

Caregivers do receive compensation averaging around $2000 per month, but the commitment is long-term, often several years, requiring 24-7 care. LaRocca explains the process.

In November 2012, 562 veterans were living in 449 Medical Foster Homes.

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