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Clinical Issues for Medical Respite/Recuperative Care Programs (Series)

Presented by the National Institute for Medical Respite Care
July 7, 2021 | 1-2 p.m. Central
July 14, 2021 | 1-2 p.m. Central
July 21, 2021 | 1-2 p.m. Central

This series will cover the following topics:

7/7/2021 – Addressing Activities of Daily Living

Activities of Daily Living, or ADL, encompass some of our most basic self-care activities. People experiencing homelessness encounter significant barriers to completing ADL due to limited access to adequate facilities and resources. Consumers of medical respite/recuperative care programs may also have individual limitations in ADL as a result of health events and diagnoses. This webinar will identify common barriers to ADL, and present ways to facilitate ADL within medical respite/recuperative care settings to increase access and safety in self-care. Additionally, strategies and resources will be presented to support providers when individuals required increased support to complete ADL. This webinar will be accompanied by a newly published clinical guideline to serve as a resource for medical respite/recuperative care programs.

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7/14/21 – Addressing Chronic Conditions

People experiencing homelessness are more likely to have a chronic condition than the general population, and also are more likely to have multiple chronic conditions. Due to barriers accessing health care and the impact of homelessness, those with chronic conditions may not have opportunities or support to manage the impact of these conditions. Although a medical respite/recuperative care stay often follows an acute medical event, addressing chronic conditions is critical within these settings. Additionally, a medical respite/recuperative care stay may be the person’s first opportunity to focus primarily on their health and allows space and time to learn critical health- and self-management skills. This webinar provides an overview of common chronic conditions and how they impact medical respite/recuperative care. Additionally, recommendations to support management and decrease exacerbation of chronic conditions within the medical respite/recuperative care setting will be discussed. This webinar will be accompanied by newly published clinical guideline to serve as a resource for medical respite/recuperative care programs.

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7/21/21 – Managing Incontinence

Incontinence is often and overlooked and underdiscussed health care need of people experiencing homelessness. However, many physical and contextual factors impact individuals’ ability to effectively manage and complete basic toileting routines, which become more complicated if a person develops incontinence. Unfortunately, difficulty managing incontinence can become a barrier to engaging in shelter and support services. Using a trauma-informed and clinical approach, this webinar will address the common causes of incontinence impacting people experiencing homelessness and provides recommendations for medical respite/recuperative care providers to better support consumers presenting with incontinence. This webinar will be accompanied by newly published clinical guideline to serve as a resource for medical respite/recuperative care programs.

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