Services have been provided to a local Colorado Springs hospital for several months on a limited basis. The numbers themselves speak volumes as close to 100 Homeless Persons have been served in a very controlled setting. This effort resulted in saving several hundred total inpatient days, (by allowing for effective discharge planning by hospital staff), at an estimated savings of 1.1 million dollars to the participating hospital. The following story typifies the broad support gained by providing Respite Services and demonstrates the efficiency of this type of program.
“John” had been a person within the Homeless System for several months, was past retirement age, and in rapidly declining health. His multiple Chronic Health Issues had deteriorated beyond a local shelters capability of providing basic services for him, and he was having difficulty ambulating and caring for himself on a daily basis. He was referred to a local hospital for evaluation. He was then subsequently admitted to stabilize these chronic health issues.
When ready for discharge, the Hospital Discharge staff person contacted our Respite Team, as he had no viable place for discharge and to safely recuperate, other than the streets. He was admitted to the (Motel Based) Recuperative Care Program and daily case management initiated. He was assessed for Health and Social Benefits, and transportation was provided to follow-up Specialty appointments.
“John” was able to obtain Medicare and “Old Age Pension” benefits and at that point, Silver Key picked up the motel costs for 3 weeks. Food was provided by Marion House Soup Kitchen Outreach daily. During this 3 week period, case managers were able to secure an assisted living facility to accept his ongoing care needs. He remains in that facility today.
It was estimated that the hospital would have kept him an additional 21 days past the time of discharge, at an uncompensated cost of nearly $36,000. This is one story and only one homeless patient in need.