Discharge Planning Advisor: Innovative Program Helps Homeless, Frees Up Beds
One major problem facing the homeless is when they are hospitalized they are often released back to the street creating a gap in their recovery. This is an innovative approach to meeting the needs of the homeless after hospital discharge.
An unusual collaboration among three competing California hospitals is providing much-needed post-discharge care for homeless people. It is linking those individuals to ongoing medical benefits while freeing up hospital beds for more acute patients.
Establishment of an innovative homeless shelter — where people who need care after discharge are allowed to stay 24 hours a day — came about after representatives of homeless services in the community asked to talk with hospital officials about homeless people who were being discharged from the facility but still needed follow-up care, says Kate Tenney, RN, manager for case management at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento, CA. (Authors)
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