Even before COVID-19, Los Angeles’ issues of homelessness and the housing crisis were deeply intertwined. At a time when rent prices and unemployment rates are at a record high, with more and more families depending on state and federal support to survive, it comes as no surprise that both issues are at the forefront of […]
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.
Miss Rosie came to National Health Foundation’s (NHF) Mid-City recuperative care facility via our partner agency, People Concern. NHF and People Concern work together to provide pathways to housing for individuals requiring the medical oversight that recuperative care provides. The People Concern outreach team had met with Miss Rosie a number of times and had […]
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 […]