HARKER HEIGHTS (March 6, 2013)--Central Texas Veterans Health Care System will celebrate the placement of its first veteran into a medical foster home on Thursday.
The Medical Foster Home program allows veterans who are otherwise unable to live alone the option of 24-hour care, meals, medication management, transportation and a cost effective alternative to living in a nursing home.
Veterans enrolled in the program will have their own room in the house shared by the caregiver and will pay an average of $1,500 to $3,000 a month, depending on their level of needed care.
Medical Foster Home caregivers must pass an FBI background check, annual inspections, be CPR and first aid certified, at least 21 years or older, live in the home and be physically able to provide needed care to the veterans.
The local VA healthcare system will celebrate their first veteran to take advantage of the program on Thursday.
A house in the 4,000 block of Stillhouse Lake Drive will serve as the veteran’s new home.
The ceremony is set to begin at 11:30 a.m.