As the Los Angeles homelessness crisis news begins to sink in, we must come to terms with some pretty daunting numbers. A 12% rise in homelessness. Nearly 59,000 are without shelter. People are losing their homes faster than we can house them. Within these larger numbers are communities such as our LGBTQ and gender expansive […]
WHAT IS RECUPERATIVE CARE
Recuperative care (also known as medical respite) is a not-for-profit program that offers healthcare providers a safe place to discharge homeless patients when they no longer require hospitalization but still need to heal from an illness or injury. The concept was propelled by widely publicized “inappropriate discharge” incidents; implementation of the Affordable Care Act penalties to prevent hospital re-admission within 30 days; and Medicaid expansion, which opened up a new source of funding in states that chose to participate.
These facilities allow individuals to continue their recovery and receive treatment for minor illnesses while case managers facilitate access to primary care, behavioral health services and other supportive social services, such as transportation, food and housing.
Recuperative care saves taxpayer dollars, costs significantly less than extended hospital stays and leads to fewer hospital re-admissions. Clients served are also more likely to find permanent housing.
BRIDGING HOSPITAL TO HOME
While recuperative care addresses the gap in healthcare for the homeless who are going back and forth between hospitals and the streets, it is also seen as the gateway to bridge housing, which provides clients with temporary housing while permanent housing is secured. National Health Foundation believes people need basic necessities, such as food and a place to live, before they can move forward with their lives, including getting a job, managing their health and mental health, or discontinuing substance use. Utilizing a Housing First approach, we work with clients to create a plan for achieving long-term stability and independence, along with aftercare support, ensuring they are closer to housing than when they arrive.
Like all of our neighbors, we are deeply concerned by the recent report that more of our neighbors are homeless than ever before. We appreciate the efforts of the many volunteers who took the time to get an accurate count and the results point to the fact that much more work needs to be done. […]
I help people who are often at the lowest points in their lives. They may be dealing with illness, depression, homelessness, substance abuse, unemployment, loss, trauma or a host of other hardships. Seeing people struggle can be difficult, and when my friends and family see the emotional toll it can sometimes have on me, along […]