Chattanooga developing respite program, BayCare Respite honored, and more
Chattanooga developing respite program, BayCare Respite honored, and more
November • 16 • 2017
A Newsletter for Members of the Respite Care Providers’ Network
Chattanooga Community Coalition Working to Develop Medical Respite Program
A coalition of social workers, hospice care providers, housing officials, medical care providers, and hospital administrators in Chattanooga, TN, met in September to strategize ways to address the community’s need for medical respite services. The Welcome Home Coalition is spearheaded by Sherry Campbell, co-founder and Executive Director of Welcome Home of Chattanooga, a community non-profit that provides end-of-life care to people who are homeless and terminally ill. While they are able to provide end-of-life care to their community’s most vulnerable, they are seeing an increasing need for short-term care for individuals without homes recovering from illness and/or surgery. Through partnerships and collaboration, the coalition is developing a plan for providing medical respite care in Chattanooga in the near future. Read more about the work of the Welcome Home Coalition.
RCPN Steering Committee Holds Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN
On-Site at Scarritt-Bennett Center
The RCPN Steering Committee met in Nashville on October 2-3 at Scarritt-Bennett Center. The group reviewed their work plan, worked on the redesign of the Directory of Medical Respite Programs, discussed current and upcoming policies that affect medical respite care, and began planning the 2018 Medical Respite Pre-Conference Institute. Interested in joining the RCPN Steering Committee? A call for nominations will appear in the next issue of Respite News in January 2018.
Coming Soon: Redesign and Update to Medical Respite Program Directory
The National Health Care for the Homeless Council is gearing up to release the 2018 Directory of Medical Respite Programs. Based on feedback from medical respite programs and community partners, the National HCH Council is redesigning the directory to make it more similar to our National HCH Grantee Directory. Over the next few months, NHCHC staff will contact all programs currently listed in the Directory regarding program updates/changes.
Florida Hospital Association Honors BayCare Medical Respite Program
BayCare Medical Respite cottages in Clearwater, FL
BayCare Medical Respite Program was recently honored with a Community Benefit Achievement Award by the Florida Hospital Association (FHA). The medical respite program is a partnership between Baycare Health Systems and Catholic Charities’ Pinellas Hope in Clearwater, FL. The program has been in operation since 2009 and has assisted more than 320 clients. The award recognizes outstanding efforts to improve the health and well-being of communities. Read more about BayCare Medical Respite Program
Medical Respite Recognized by the American Society on Aging
A medical respite program in Oakland, CA, was recently highlighted in the bimonthly newspaper of the American Society on Aging, AgingToday. Bay Area Community Services (BACS) developed the pilot Short-Term Housing & Respite Program in partnership with a large health care system in their area. BACS worked closely with the hospital discharge planners to develop a program that met the needs of their community. Specifically, the hospital identified the need for a safe place to discharge their older homeless population. The 30-bed program has been so successful that BACS decided to replicate the program in nearby Solano County. The program in Fairfield, CA, has 10 beds and is in partnership with Solano County Mental Health Services. Learn more about BACS and the American Society on Aging.  
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