Helping an elderly homeless woman be referred to a recuperative care facility after being discharged from the hospital.

What Is Recuperative Care And Who Can Benefit From It?

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Recuperative care is a revolutionary type of not-for-profit health program that offers healthcare providers a safe way to provide continued health and treatment services to patients experiencing homelessness after they no longer need to be hospitalized. Recuperative care at Horizon Recuperative Care and other facilities generally include any post-hospital medical care a patient may need, consistent health assessments, case management, assistance with transitioning to safe housing, transportation to and from appointments, and more.

Recuperative care is a relatively new development in the Los Angeles and the San Diego area. Also known as medical respite care or recup, providing recuperative care arrangements became mandatory

Los Angeles homeless tent encampments require outreach from recuperative care services.At Horizon Recuperative Care, we understand the challenges faced by individuals who are homeless and suffering from acute medical conditions. It is with these challenges in mind that we designed our comprehensive Recuperative Care Program, also known as “recup care.” Our primary objective is to provide ongoing health and treatment services to patients who no longer require hospitalization but still need specialized care and support in a conducive recovery environment.

Our program provides more than just medical care. We understand that healing is a multifaceted process that involves more than treating the symptoms of an illness or injury. We offer regular health assessments, case management, assistance with transitioning to safe housing, and transportation to and from medical appointments.

Since the introduction of Senate Bill 1152 in July 2019, recuperative care has become a mandatory service for hospitals in the Los Angeles area. For many years, individuals experiencing homelessness were often discharged from hospitals back onto the streets or into shelters that were ill-equipped to manage post-hospital care. This often led to a vicious cycle of repeated hospital visits and further deteriorated health conditions. At Horizon, we strive to break this cycle and provide the comprehensive care that these individuals deserve.

What Type of Services Does Recuperative Care Provide?

Horizon’s type of recuperative care is extensive and covers many aspects of both post-hospital care and services to assist people transitioning from homelessness to secure housing. The type of procedures seen in a facility like ours depends on the patient. An individual may be released from the hospital but may still need care, such as physical therapy, consistent monitoring, or addiction management. Transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing can be a steep path, so combining healthcare services with homelessness assistance is an effective way to make the most of a patient’s time in a recuperative care facility.senior sitting inside recuperative care

Recuperative care assists with some of the most challenging parts of the transition from homelessness. At Horizon, we assist with securing case management to create a clear plan, assistance with finding temporary housing and charity programs and managing social resources like SSI, identification documents, and more. These are a few examples of the comprehensive care provided, as each patient has different needs.

How Does Recuperative Care Help The Community?

Horizon Recuperative Care is part of the solution. Recuperative care facilities like ours have been shown to reduce hospital re-admissions by up to 50% and provide another helping hand to those on the path to permanent housing, reducing the number of people experiencing homelessness. Any person experiencing homelessness can benefit from the type of care we provide at Horizon: young and old, with any kind of condition, and anyone in between. 

Who is eligible for recup care?

To be eligible for the Recuperative Care Program, a patient must meet several criteria. The patient must:

  1. Be homeless.

  2. Have an acute medical illness.

  3. Be continent.

  4. Be ambulatory.

  5. Be independent in Activities of Daily Living and medication administration.

  6. Not require IV lines, a foley catheter, or oxygen.

  7. Be willing to see an LVN (Licensed Vocational Nurse) or Registered Nurse every day and comply with medical recommendations.

  8. Be medically and psychiatrically stable enough to receive care in the recup care facility; the patient must not be suicidal or homicidal.

  9. Have a condition with an identifiable end point of care for discharge.

This ensures that the Recuperative Care Program caters to individuals who can most benefit from the type of care and services it provides.

Post-hospital care

Providing support to Los Angeles and Orange County's homeless population through follow-up medical care, treatment, and services.Post-hospital care is sometimes overlooked by those not familiar with it. It’s reasonable to think that once a patient leaves the hospital, they’re ready to return to their daily lives without medical professionals’ support. Oftentimes this is not the case for many patients, and that’s why Horizon Recuperative Care is here to help. Our post-hospital care services cover several care needs. First and foremost, we have medical professionals on staff ready to assist with comprehensive post-acute care like physical therapy, behavioral health, and addiction prevention services, appointment transportation, medication assistance, and more. Our facilities offer clean and pleasant accommodation, meal and laundry service, and community spaces for socialization.




Contact Horizon Recuperative Care today if you or someone you know can benefit from our services.

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