Good Practice: Medical Respite Programs Offer Homeless Patients a Place to Go

Viral cases of "patient dumping" this year have shown that many homeless patients simply have nowhere to go after a hospital stay.

“These high-profile cases of “patient dumping” have shed light on the fact that many homeless people simply have nowhere to go after a hospital stay. The cases, while “horrific,” are actually raising awareness about the growing need for more affordable housing and widespread medical respite care for the homeless, says Julia Dobbins, a project manager at the National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC).”

Worth the read. Check it out.

This is happening in Quincy too. See the photo essay about James K. Here’s the link to his story.

August 2016:  Just two days after being released from the hospital for dehydration, James, homeless and sleeping outdoors in Quincy’s downtown district area, is again admitted to the hospital for treatment of pneumonia. Whether homeless, or trapped in Quincy's widespread unlawful substandard housing market, exposed to the dangers of cockroach infestations, black mold, lead paint exposure, and other unhealthy and dangerous conditions, the poor and homeless are caught up in a cycle of health issues unique to their population. There’s often simply no safe or clean environment for them to go to heal.

August 2016: Just two days after being released from the hospital for dehydration, James, homeless and sleeping outdoors in Quincy’s downtown district area, is again admitted to the hospital for treatment of pneumonia. Whether homeless, or trapped in Quincy's widespread unlawful substandard housing market, exposed to the dangers of cockroach infestations, black mold, lead paint exposure, and other unhealthy and dangerous conditions, the poor and homeless are caught up in a cycle of health issues unique to their population. There’s often simply no safe or clean environment for them to go to heal.