Our medical respite program will provide the opportunity for individuals to rest, recover, and heal in a safe environment while accessing medical care and other supportive services.
NOW IS THE TIME FOR MEDICAL RESPITE
ST. LOUIS IS WITHOUT MEDICAL RESPITE FOR THE UNHOUSED.
With 2.8 million people, St. Louis is the 21st largest U.S. metropolitan area – and yet the region has no medical respite care. Most patients admitted to medical respite programs come from hospitals after receiving care for conditions that need to heal. In St. Louis, patients experiencing homelessness find themselves discharged to the streets or land in programs where daily medical care and monitoring is not provided. Alternately, hospitals are obliged to keep them in expensive inpatient beds to allow for proper healing.
It is estimated that the St. Louis region has over 2,500 unhoused adults, with 300 to 500 individuals per year who would benefit from medical respite care.
A DEEPER DEFINITION OF MEDICAL RESPITE.
Medical respite, also known as recuperative care, provides acute and post-acute care for individuals experiencing homelessness or those without family care support and who are too ill or frail to recover from a physical illness or injury on the streets or in isolation, but are not ill enough to require a hospital or skilled nursing facility level of care. Medical respite programs are designed to improve the health of unhoused individuals while also decreasing costly hospital use.
Clients Will Receive
- A private space with bed, dresser, and desk (24/7)
- Three meals per day
- Daily medical care
- On-call medical support
- Transportation to appointments
- Connection to primary care provider
- Connection to specialists, if necessary
- Care Coordination
- Case Management