VAIHCS Medical Foster Home Program - VA Illiana Health Care System, Danville, Illinois
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VA Illiana Health Care System, Danville, Illinois


VAIHCS Medical Foster Home Program

The Medical Foster Home (MFH) Program is a voluntary and affordable option for long-term care and an alternative to nursing home placement for Veterans, who have a chronic disabling illness or conditions, are unable to safely live alone, and have limited social support or access to the care they need.  

It is a home-like environment to enhance the Veteran's quality of life. MFH provides a high level of care that includes 24-hour care and supervision, room and board, medication management, and assistance with daily tasks and personal care needs.  It also works in tandem with an interdisciplinary home care team (VA Home Based Primary Care) that includes a nurse, pharmacist, dietician, psychologist, social worker, rehabilitation therapist, and recreational therapist.

MFH Program requirements for Homes:
•Must be owned or rented by the caregiver, and the home must be the caregiver's primary residence
•Maximum of 2 residents/care recipients (Veterans and/or Non-Veterans) per home
•Must be located within the VA Illiana Heath Care System's Home Based Primary Care service area (within 30 miles from Danville VAMC, Decatur VA CBOC, Mattoon VA CBOC, Peoria VA Clinic, or Springfield VA CBOC)
•Be located, designed, equipped, and maintained to provide a home-like environment, safe care, and supervision for residents
•Must be inspected by a VA multidisciplinary team including nursing, fire/safety, dietary, etc.,
•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, Standard #101

MFH Program requirements for Caregivers:
•Complete the Medical Foster Home application and inspection
•Be financially stable, at least 21 years old, and have formal or informal patient care experience
•Be committed to providing long term care for Veterans, usually until the end of life
•Be physically able to provide the needed care, and have a written backup plan with relief caregiver(s) identified
•Notify the Home Based Primary Care team about 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 homelike atmosphere within the residence

MFH Program Benefits
•Provides Veterans and their families with a new option for long term care
•VA Home Based Primary Care team provides interdisciplinary home care with the goal of stabilizing the Veteran's health and avoiding hospitalizations
•Provides long-term care and companionship for Veterans and the opportunity for caregivers to give back to America's heroes
•Caregivers receive ongoing training and support from the Medical Foster Home Coordinator and Home Based Primary Care team
•Provides employment opportunities to local VA Communities
•MFH program is cost effective and cost saving

 •Private pay--Average rates are based on care needs: $1500-$3500
 •Long Term Care Insurance
 •VA Regional Office funding
 •Social Security

For more information, contact the Medical Foster Home Program Coordinator at (309) 589-6800 ext 47375.

Contact Info


  • Homes Located throughout Catchment Area

Contact Number(s)

  • 309-589-6800 Ext. 47375

Hours of Operation

  • M-F 7:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.