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

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The VA Medical Foster Home (MFH) Program offers an affordable, long-term care option, and thus serves as an alternative to a nursing home or institutional placement, typically chosen by Veterans who are unable to live independently due to declines in physical, cognitive or psychosocial functioning.

Medical Foster Homes provide a safe, caring home in the community where Veterans receive 24-hour care and supervision in a family setting. There are no more than three residents receiving care in the MFH, including both Veterans and non-Veterans. Medical Foster Homes provide the following:

  • private rooms
  • medication management
  • meal preparation and snacks
  • housekeeping and laundry
  • socialization and recreational opportunities

Am I eligible for a Medical Foster Home?

Medical Foster Homes are not provided or paid for by VA. To be eligible for a Medical Foster Home, Veterans must be enrolled in Home Based Primary Care, and a Home needs to be available. Your VA social worker or case manager can help you with eligibility guidelines for Home Based Primary Care and Medical Foster Home care.

You will have to pay for the Medical Foster Home yourself or through other insurance. The charge for a Medical Foster Home is about $1,500 to $3,000 each month based on your income and the level of care you need. Veterans and the Medical Foster Home caregiver agree upon the specific cost ahead of time.

Talk with a VA social worker/case manager to find out if you are entitled to additional VA benefits that will help pay for a Medical Foster Home. Find out more about Paying for Long Term Care.

To learn more about the VA Medical Foster Home Program, visit the VA Geriatrics and Extended Care website.

Contact Info


  • Bruce W. Carter VA Medical Center

Contact Number(s)

  • 305-575-7000 Ext. 6421

Hours of Operation

  • Monday-Friday
    7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.