A place to heal: a qualitative focus group study of respite care preferences among individuals experiencing homelessness*

Brian Park, Elizabeth Beckman, Catherine Glatz, Andrew Pisansky, John Song

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Abstract

Homeless patients have longer hospital stays than housed persons due, in part, to a lack of safe discharge locations. Respite care for homeless individuals decreases hospital length of stay and readmissions rates. This study aimed to develop client-centered recommendations for medical respite care. We conducted four focus group interviews (n = 25 participants) between August 2010 and February 2013 of homeless adult residents in Minnesota. Four domains of respite care were identified from content analysis of interviews: physical, relational, facilitation, and amenities. Novel recommendations include (a) a facility equipped to address mental health and substance dependence needs, (b) a standardized training protocol for respite staff, (c) the creation of a patient advocate, and (d) the creation of a respite case manager to facilitate post-discharge instructions and connection to primary care and social services. These new and actionable recommendations could help inform policies and the development of future medical respite care facilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)104-115
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Social Distress and the Homeless
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 3 2017

Keywords

  • Homelessness
  • care transitions
  • patient-centered care
  • respite care
  • underserved populations

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