No, these services are provided explicitly to homeless persons awaiting discharge from the hospital, or accessing the Emergency Department with the focus of preventing an unnecessary admission.
Access to Healthcare and Affordable Housing are crucial in ending the cycle of homelessness. While both are provided during the course of a Respite stay, it also allow for access to mental health services, case management, and initiating the process of obtaining social and health benefits needed to break the cycle permanently. The average homeless person will expect to die 30 years before their housed counterparts and Respite Care plays a vital role in offsetting this statistic.
Interim Sheltering for the time needed to recuperate, Daily Case Management (to facilitate the process of ending the homeless cycle), Access to Healthcare and maintaining continuum of care after discharge, and Logistical Support (transportation, food, clothing, etc.).
Studies demonstrate substantial savings in healthcare and social service costs to the tax payers of any community, while improving the fiscal bottom line of hospitals that utilizes Respite Care services. Especially costs lost to uncompensated care.
Homeless persons that qualify for homeless status as defined by HUD and the McKinney-Vento act. They must be in need of a place to recuperate after a stay in the Hospital, or to avoid an unnecessary Hospitalization as a result of living conditions not suitable for humans.
In essence it is a place that allows Hospitals to discharge a Homeless person on the day they are ready. Avoiding prolonged and unnecessary days in the hospital, and also allows a safe place for a Homeless patient to recuperate. Ultimately decreasing the risk of readmissions for the same diagnosis.