What Is Medical Respite Care?

Medical respite care is acute and post-acute care for people experiencing homelessness who are too ill or frail to recover from an illness or injury on the streets or in shelter, but who do not require hospital level care. Unlike “respite” for caregivers, “medical respite” is short-term residential care that allows individuals experiencing homelessness the opportunity to rest, recover, and heal in a safe environment while accessing medical care and other supportive services. Medical respite, or recuperative care, is offered in a variety of settings including freestanding facilities, homeless shelters, motels, and transitional housing.

Standards for Medical Respite Programs