Medical Foster Home Program - Martinsburg VA Medical Center
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Medical Foster Home Program

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The Martinsburg VA Medical Center's Medical Foster Home (MFH) provides an alternative to institutionalization for dependent Veterans with advanced, chronic, or terminal disease, through care in a therapeutic personal home setting. The MFH program brings together a person who is willing to open their home and serve in the role of a strong family caregiver, the VA MFH Coordinator who manages the program, and a VA interdisciplinary home care team that provides care in the MFH to the Veteran. The MFH is matched with the Veteran’s physical, social, and emotional needs, including supervision and protection.

The Medical Foster Home program accepts Veterans who:

  • have a preference for care in a private home;
  • are unable to live independently due to functional, cognitive, or psychosocial impairment;
  • have inadequate informal support by family or friends;
  • meet the criteria for care by VA interdisciplinary team or Home-Based Primary Care Team; and
  • have the financial resources to pay for foster care on an ongoing basis.

Caregivers must be at least 21 years of age, be physically and mentally capable of giving care, be financially stable and:

  • have either formal or informal experience in delivering care
  • be willing to follow state requirements andguidelines for foster care
  • have a written backup plan including two identified relief caregivers
  • provide two professional references and two personal references;
  • must own or rent, and reside in the home
  • are capable of informing the Home-Based Primary Care team about changes in Veterans normal appearance, behavior, and health
  • be willing to accept and follow Veterans treatment plan
  • can ensure a friendly and caring atmosphere within the home 24 hours a day
  • must pass annual inspection by the VA inspection team
  • are flexible and have positive problem solving skills

Application process and approval:

  • potential caregiver contacts Medical Foster Home Program Coordinator
  • initial Screening of potential caregiver
  • pre-Inspection of home by MFH Program Coordinator
  • potential caregiver submits application
  • after receipt of application, references are checked, and inspection teams are requested
  • after inspection is complete, decision is made with regards to approval, and if approved, a compatible Veteran is placed in home

Program Contacts:

Medical Foster Home Coordinator
304-263-0811, ext. 3272

Contact Info


  • 510 Butler Avenue
    Martinsburg, WV 25405

Contact Number(s)

  • 304-263-0811 Ext. 3272
  • 800-817-3807 Ext. 3272

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.