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The Center for Respite Care
The Center for Respite Care is a 14-bed, 24-hour facility providing medical and nursing care to sick homeless people to promote effective healing. Clients receive quality medical care and assistance in breaking the cycle of homelessness. Since opening in 2003, the Center for Respite Care has cared for over 1000 sick and injured people who are homeless.
Medical Needs of Homeless Individuals
The Cincinnati/Hamilton County Continuum of Care for the Homeless reports that on any given night, more than 1,300 homeless individuals are forced to sleep in shelters and on the streets of Greater Cincinnati. Substandard living conditions, inadequate nutrition, extreme weather and limited healthcare inevitably lead to serious health conditions. Shelters and homeless treatment programs are simply unable to accommodate clients recovering from surgery or those with acute health conditions. Also, area hospitals cannot provide extended post-treatment care to homeless patients. Therefore, people who are homeless experience a high rate of unresolved health conditions or complications which lead to repeat emergency room visits and hospital stays due to improper healing as tremendous cost to local hospitals and our community.
Closing the Gap: Homeless Health Services
The collaborative efforts of many health care and homeless service providers allow the Center for Respite Care to be an important link in the transition from homelessness for many people. Illness or injury does not have to disrupt a homeless person’s progress toward self-sufficiency. By offering appropriate care and referral of patients to post-recovery treatment and/or housing, the Respite is an important bridge enabling people without homes to begin or continue on the path to independent living in permanent housing.