Medical respite care is acute and post-acute medical care for homeless
persons who are too ill or frail to recover from a physical illness or
injury on the streets but who are not ill enough to be hospitalized.
Unlike “respite” for caregivers, “medical respite” is short-term
residential care that allows homeless individuals the opportunity to rest
in a safe environment while accessing medical care and other supportive
services. These programs are housed in a variety of settings including freestanding facilities, homeless shelters, nursing homes, and transitional housing. Medical respite care meets the post-hospital recuperative care needs for people who are homeless while reducing public costs associated with frequent hospital utilization.
For more information on projects in a specific area, contact our Regional Office.