Foster Home Caregivers Needed for Western Slope Veterans
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- The Grand Junction VA Medical Center is on the lookout for Medical Foster Home Caregivers for aging veterans across the Western Slope.
Medical Foster Homes were created to provide veterans an appropriate level of care without restricting their living environment.
There is currently one veteran in Delta County living happily in a Foster Home, and another home remains available in Rifle.
The program is hoping to open several more homes within 70 miles of the Grand Junction VA Medical Center to provide local veterans with more options.
"We're finding that veterans are often in a place of having to make that tough choice of no longer living in their home and needing to look at either going to an assisted living or nursing home facility," said Melinda Roberts, Medical Foster Home Coordinator for the Grand Junction VA Medical Center. "We're hoping that Medical Foster Homes can be another choice."
Foster Home caregivers receive support from the Home Based Primary Care team, which provides medical assistance for the veteran.
The VA is asking these caregivers to be the "eyes and ears" for the medical team when a patient needs assistance.
Caregivers who are accepted to the program are paid by the veteran.
Those interested in becoming a caregiver can contact the VA Medical Foster Home Program Coordinator at 970-263-2854.