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Edward Thomas House Medical Respite

Harborview Medical Center/Public Health Seattle & King County
Physical location: 800 Jefferson St
Mailing: 325 9th Ave, Box 359944
Seattle, Washington 98104
United States
Melissa Brown, Manager
Phone Number:
(206) 744-5206
(206) 744-3563

The Respite Program is a collaborative project between Health Care for the Homeless Network (HCHN) and Harborview Medical Center’s Downtown Programs. The program facility is located on the 7th floor of Jefferson Terrace in the First Hill neighborhood in Seattle. Jefferson Terrace is a residential high rise owned by the Seattle Housing Authority.

Respite is a round-the-clock program of housing and care with 34 beds. Nursing staff are present from 7:00am until 11:30pm, seven days/week. Non-clinical evening and night staff assure a safe and quiet environment for clients. The average length of stay in Respite is three weeks. The program follows a harm reduction philosophy. High acuity patients, including those requiring IV antibiotics, are prioritized.

Operating Agency:
Facility Type:
Stand-alone Facility
Number of Beds:
Hours of Operation:
Average Length of Stay:
3 weeks
Admission Criteria:

• Homeless
• Acute medical problem requiring short-term respite care
• Referred from a health care facility/provider in King County
• Medically and behaviorally stable (not a risk to self or others, appropriate for group setting)
• Independent in mobility, transfer, feeding, not known to be fall-risk at this time
• Agreeable to admission and receiving care from Respite staff

Clinical Staff:
Physician, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse, Social Worker, Other
Clinical Services Provided:
Wound care, medication-assisted treatment, IV antibiotics, behavioral health care, etc.
Support Services Provided:
Meals, Transportation, Case Management
Funding Sources:
Hospital, Local/State Government, Other