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A Place to Heal

Established:
2014
Agency:
United Caring Services
Address:
324 NW 6th Street
Evansville, Indiana 47708
United States
Contact:
Tameka Watson
Phone Number:
(812) 422-0297
Description:

United Caring Services’ Homeless Medical Respite: A Place to Heal.

The UCS Homeless Medical Respite Program provides people a needed opportunity to rest, recuperate, and rebuild after suffering a medical crisis. With 10 beds, we offer men and women in crisis a safe discharge from the hospital in order to reduce preventable readmission, build well-being, and increase the likelihood of ending a person’s homelessness through a permanent housing opportunity.

The Medical Respite Program is available for up to six weeks by referral only. The stay can be extended based upon the individual needs and circumstances of the patient.

The HMRP was founded on a residential model. At this time, “medical care” is not directly provided by care staff.

Patients admitted to the HMRP will have goals for their stay, a discharge plan, intense case management, contact with their personal healthcare provider, home health support, health assessment and education from local nursing programs/students and more.

UCS provides a safe, sanitary bed and environment, secure medication storage, non-medical supervision, security, cooked meals and full bathroom facilities 24hrs/day/7 days/ week.

The program provides wrap around case management support to facilitate a guests’ recuperation and address (and overcome) their unique reasons for being homelessness. During their stay, guests need to be able to perform own ADLs and tolerate a group living situation.

At all times we strive to facilitate rest, healing, and hope for people in crisis.

Operating Agency:
Non-profit
Facility Type:
Homeless Shelter
Number of Beds:
10
Hours of Operation:
24hrs/7days
Average Length of Stay:
3 weeks
Admission Criteria:

Subject to all rules of the night shelter
Currently a homeless adult, age 16 and over
Needs respite services but has no other option for obtaining them
Will be suffering from a medical problem that would benefit from respite care environment
Must have medical condition that can effectively be addressed within 6 weeks
Will be independent in Activities of Daily Living (can move around independently, go to the bathroom without assistance, and feed self)
Will be continent (able to control bodily functions); independently cares for ostomy if applicable
Will be medically stable (their condition is not declining rapidly)
Will be willing to see a medical professional as scheduled and comply with medical recommendations
Will be behaviorally appropriate for group setting (not suicidal or likely to assault others)
May have IV access
Will not have a contagious disease or need isolation
Capable of taking own medications
Must comply with daily hygiene
Must have a discharge plan including a projected date of discharge from the Homeless Medical Respite Program and personal goals to achieve

Clinical Staff:
Social Worker
Support Services Provided:
Meals, Transportation, Case Management
Funding Sources:
Hospital, Private Donations, Religious Organization