Medical conditions and injuries are common for those living on the streets, leading to unexpected hospital visits.
Our Recuperative Care Unit (RCU) addresses the critical needs of homeless men and women newly released from the hospital yet still requiring medical attention.
The RCU is one of the few places in the county where these individuals can receive proper aftercare until they recover their strength. The program offers up to 32 patients a safe and supportive environment, as well as meals, oversight of medical treatment, and follow-up care.
Through this program we also help patients explore long-term housing options.
Why Recuperative Care is Important
For those of us who have been in the hospital or cared for a loved one in a hospital setting, we know that it can be a traumatic, challenging experience.
The same is true for those living on the streets, who tend to experience a variety of medical challenges (see box). Some have broken bones, dressings to be changed, or chronic conditions that must be managed. Others simply need rest, proper nutrition, and the opportunity to recover their strength.
Attending to these needs while living on the streets is extremely difficult. In addition, inadequate meals, lack of sanitary facilities, and an inability to maintain a schedule can turn a manageable condition into a life-threatening one.
Our Recuperative Care Unit helps these individuals find the health and the strength they need for true recovery.
The medical needs of the homeless population also create an economic issue.
Hospitals need a place to release homeless patients. Often times, once they do, they find the same patients return and need to be re-admitted. In an attempt to prevent this, some hospitals delay the release of homeless patients for several costly days beyond the standard of care. Hospital costs are approximately $1,400 per day per individual.
Our Recuperative Care Unit provides a safe and appropriate environment for recovery at a fraction of the cost. As patients have the opportunity to fully recover, they are more likely to follow aftercare instructions, and therefore less likely to need repeat hospital visits.
This type of program does more than save lives. It also saves tax-payer dollars, and keeps the costs of healthcare down for everyone.
Chris Cessna, Recuperative Care Unit Director
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