Medical Respite Program at Pinellas Hope
This Medical Respite Program at Pinellas Hope provides a safe place for medical and recuperative care after hospitalization for homeless persons discharged from St. Anthony and Morton Plant Mease Hospitals. These persons, while ready for hospital discharge, have not recovered enough to return to the streets, do not have family or friends to provide care and do not require further hospitalization or skilled nursing facility care. The program can take 10 persons at a time. Skilled home health care is provided by BayCare Home Health for clients needing services such as wound care and IV antibiotics. A full-time Registered Nurse Outreach Coordinator provides oversight and assists with the client’s return to the community or into the Pinellas Hope community. The overarching goal of the program is to reduce the incidence of hospital readmission within 30 days after discharge for the same diagnosis. In January 2012 initial medical assessments were begun by BayCare Home Care for all new admissions to the program resulting in the establishment of medical care and discharge plans to move the clients toward returning to the community.