ShelterCare Medical Recuperation

ShelterCare Medical Recuperation is an 18-bed facility that serves individuals who are
experiencing homelessness and require shelter while they recover from a medical
event. The program provides shelter-based services with staff supports centered around
connecting program participants with continued medical services for an acute medical
condition and transition planning to secure shelter or housing upon exit.

Examples of a medical need are:
• Wound care

• Physical therapy

• Recovery from surgery

• Awaiting surgery

• Follow-up care with a medical provider, etc.

What services are provided? 

• Three cooked meals per day
• Assistance in establishing a primary care physician
• Scheduling medical appointments and transportation
• Housing services, which include:

    • Identifying and applying for immediate housing opportunities
      • Front Door Assessments for access to county-funded housing and services
      • Signing up for affordable housing programs
      • Signing up for the General Assistance program if qualifies
      • Connecting to other resources related to housing stability
      • Connecting with other community partners to increase support circles

Limitations to services:
• We cannot administer medication
• We do not deliver any medical care or services designated for nursing care

What are the impacts?

A single night in the hospital costs the same as a month-long stay at SMR. Last year,
SMR provided 101 unhoused individuals with a dignified way to heal from acute medical
conditions, while saving the medical community over $2 million. With support from our
Peer Wellness Specialists, individuals can focus on stabilizing their health and housing
situations, while strengthening our community.

How to receive services? 

This program is a collaboration among ShelterCare, PacificSource, Kaiser Permanente, and Trillium Community Health Plan. All clients are referred by PacificSource and Trillium.

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