Foster Home for Veterans
GAINESVILLE - A new program is helping veterans find alternative housing after they served especially if some don't want to go to a nursing home.
The VA Medical Foster Home Program is for veterans who are unable to live alone due to health problems but don't wan't to live in a nursing home.
The program is fairly new and it started in Alachua County around the end of 2012.
The program allow veterans to get 24 hours medical care every day .
"For the gainesville area there's a shortage because we are a new program we're just starting out we're just starting to look it is a lot of requirements for people to have veterans in the home we want to make sure we provide a safe environment," Tanya Fookes Meidcal Foster Home Coordinator said.
Potential caregivers must be at least 21 years old and must rent or own the home.
The program serves residents who live in Alachua, Bradford, Citrus, Gilchrist, Levy, Marion, Putnam and Sumter Counties.
For more information on the VA Medical Foster Home Program contact Tanya Fookes (Folks) at 352-376-1611 extension 6005 or email Tanya.Fookes@va.gov.
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