Detroit Medical Respite
In 2017, The Salvation Army has opened the Detroit Medical Respite within its Acres of Hope campus, located at 3737 Lawton Street. The first medical respite of its kind in Wayne County, the 45-bed medical respite program will help homeless patients overcome challenges in their recovery after hospitalization by providing a safe place to recover. The Detroit Medical Respite will provide medical monitoring, medication management, primary care support, transportation to medical appointments, self-care education, case management and onsite support services such as substance abuse treatment, mental health screening, and legal aid.
Today, hospitals have limited options in safely discharging homeless patients to an environment that is equipped to adequately support their discharge care plan.
“Homeless patients are highly vulnerable and predominantly discharged to a shelter where they can remain overnight,” says Captain Jamie Winkler, Executive Director of Eastern Michigan Harbor Light System. “But during the day, they are often required to recuperate on the streets with little support to successfully recover, take their medicine, tend to wound care, or access follow-up care. Homeless individuals are in poorer health and have higher mortality rates than those with stable housing, and unless something happens, the cycle will continue. The Salvation Army is about to change that.”
Detroit Medical Respite is designed to provide support for a variety of medical conditions such as post-surgery recuperation, preventative care, intravenous antibiotics and monitoring, and support during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Medical respite has demonstrated a reduced number of costly hospital readmissions by post-discharge care management and advocacy that leads to successful recovery and independent living.