ShelterCare Medical Recuperation

ShelterCare Medical Recuperation is a 19-bed facility that provides safe, emergency shelter for people who are experiencing homelessness and recently have been discharged from the hospital after an acute medical episode, yet still require limited care. During their 30-day, post-hospital recuperation, individuals can focus on their health needs while our Peer Wellness Specialists help them create sustainable connections to community resources and medical providers.

What services are provided? 

In cooperation with PeaceHealth (local hospital), PacificSource, and Trillium (Coordinated Care Organization, CCO), patients experiencing homelessness usually stay at SMR for 30 days, most commonly to recover from surgery. Each patient receives:

  • Three meals per day
  • Medication monitoring
  • Help acquiring a primary care physician
  • Transportation to and from appointments
  • Front door housing assessment and registration for county waitlist.
  • Help connecting to resources for housing, recovery, employment, etc.
  • Assistance acquiring personal ID’s, birth certificates, social security cards and SNAP funds among other individual services

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 individuals experiencing homelessness with a dignified way to heal from acute medical conditions, while saving the medical community well over 2 million dollars. 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, PeaceHealth’s Sacred Heart Medical Center, PacificSource, and Trillium Community Health Plan. All clients are referred by PeaceHealth, PacificSource, and Trillium.

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