In October 2016, a task force of medical respite/recuperative care experts produced the first set of standards for medical respite/recuperative care programs. The task force was charged by the Respite Care Providers’ Network Steering Committee with developing standards that (1) align with other health industry standards related to patient care, (2) reflect the needs of the patients being served in the medical respite/recuperative care setting, (3) promote quality care and improved health, and (4) are achievable for a range of medical respite/recuperative programs with varying degrees of resources.
The following standards are not intended to serve as a “one-size fits all” approach to delivering medical respite/recuperative care. Rather, they serve as a framework to help medical respite/recuperative programs operate safely, effectively, and seamlessly with local health care systems, and to promote program development and growth. The National Health Care for the Homeless Council plans to assist programs in meeting these standards through their training and technical assistance program.
Contact Julia Dobbins for technical assistance on the standards.