Medical Respite in Philadelphia | Depaul Charity

Depaul helps individuals who are homeless, vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Medical Respite in Philadelphia

LocationWho we help
PhiladelphiaHomeless individuals who are receiving medical are and need a place to recuperate
How we helpHow to volunteer or get involved
Provide short-term housing and assistance to find housing after recovering from medical treatmentPhiladelphia Director Sandra Guillory at (215) 438-3991 or
Contact detailsAbout us
Donate toiletries and comfortable clothing to help them feel at homeThe Medical Respite offers 8 beds, meals, care, and support for patients.

At the Medical Respite program, Depaul partners with PHMC to provide recuperative care to homeless individuals who have been discharged from local hospitals. Depaul provides case management and residential services in this short-term program so residents can heal and move on to more stable housing. 

Homeless adults are hospitalized more frequently than those in the general population and often require longer inpatient stays; however, their lack of a stable home environment diminishes the long-term effectiveness of their hospital care. This often results in hospital readmission and lack of follow up treatment for chronic conditions. The Medical Respite, the first program of its kind in Philadelphia, aims to stop this cycle by providing nursing care, health education, connections to primary care and case management to address housing needs.  

Nearly all of the residents of the Respite Program have chronic conditions in addition to the acute condition that brought them to the hospital. Only half have health insurance and nearly half are chronically homeless. Depaul and PHMC staff work with residents to identify specific tasks that can be completed during their residency at the program. These include housing applications, obtaining identification, disease management and education, connections to primary care and other community services. 

Of clients who participate in the aftercares program, 63% report not returning to the emergency room for at least 3 months following discharge from the respite. 

In our first year of operation, 90% of patients were connected to primary care by discharge.
Seventy five percent of clients moved to more stable housing.

Many of our residents have lost all of their belongings when they are transported to the emergency room and arrive to the program with only the clothes on their backs. Donate sweatshirts and pants, flip-flops and toiletries to help them feel more at home. 

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