Homeless individuals are in poorer health and have higher mortality rates than those with stable housing, and unless something happens, the cycle will continue. The Salvation Army is about to change that.
When a homeless person needs critical care or surgery, hospitals take them in. The problem is, when they are well enough to go home, where does the hospital send them? Studies show that homeless individuals have higher hospital readmission rates, most occurring within the first two weeks after discharge. Unfortunately, then, the cycle begins again. Medical respite is a cost- effective and dignified approach to filling this gap in services by providing specialized care for recuperation and follow up along with a safe place to recover. Local shelters can provide a safe place to sleep, but require the person to leave each morning. How will they keep their wound clean? Where will they find a place to rest when they need to? How will they maintain their medication schedule and set up follow up doctor’s appointments?
Medical Respite Significantly Reduces ER and Readmission Costs
Hospital discharge nurses, doctors, social workers and case managers may refer patients between the hours of 9 am-4pm Monday-Friday by calling (313) 556-5555.
With grateful acknowledgement for the generous support and leadership of Detroit Medical Respite:
Referrals: (313) 556-5555
Informational Presentations: (313) 556-5555
Please send tax-deductible contributions made payable to The Salvation Army Detroit Medical Respite:
3737 Lawton Street
Detroit, MI 48208