An 81 year old foster son?

April 13, 2010 at 6:48 am 1 comment

As I was watching last night’s evening news I was intrigued by a story about a family that has decided to foster; not a child, but an 81-year-old veteran.  The VA Medical Foster Program “pairs veterans who would be in nursing homes with families who are willing to take them in.”   

Aligning with aging-in-place, fostering a veteran in one’s home is more cost-effective than nursing home care.  The costs are nearly cut in half.  Per the article, “the money received goes to the caregiver”.  In this instance, the” foster parent” quit his job in sales to become a caregiver within his own home.  Not only is this program cost-effective, it also brings back the family experience for the veteran.  It is the program participant’s beliefs that they are giving back and never forgetting the commitment and sacrifices of our veterans.  

This program is yet another great housing alternative to nursing home care.  However, deciding to open your home and become a caregiver is not a decision to make in haste.  

What are your thoughts on this program?

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Jenn  |  April 22, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Wow. This is truly an amazing story!! I am definitely sharing this link on our Twitter and Facebook accounts.

    I think it’s an amazing act of self-sacrifice for these people to “adopt” this man. After all, he fought for our freedom and deserves it.



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