Respite Bed Program

The Respite Bed Program provides “a place to stay” for post-hospitalization homeless patients transitioning out of acute care. Referred patients receive basic medical oversight at OPCC in a clean, safe environment.  The average stay when recovering from minor physical injuries or illnesses is about three weeks.  Co-located at OPCC is a Venice Family Clinic site, staffed by physicians with expertise in street medicine where follow-up outpatient services are conveniently provided.

As a comprehensive homeless service agency, OPCC can connect patients to social and supportive services, and transitional or permanent housing.

Admission Criteria

  • Homeless individual with an acute medical condition and identifiable end point of care
  • Independent in mobility (walker, wheelchair accepted if able to transfer self)
  • Independent in Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s) and medication administration
  • Continent of bladder and bowel
  • Medically and psychiatrically stable at discharge

Additional Admission Information

  • Patient will not be admitted solely for the purpose of housing and/or non-medical case management
  • Patient must be given medications in supply to match number of days at respite care program
  • Referrals accepted Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Who is Not Eligible: Exclusion Criteria

  • Patient is not homeless
  • Unstable medically and/or psychiatrically
  • Non-ambulatory, dependent in ADL’s and/or incontinent of bladder and bowel
  • Combative or aggressive behavior

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