In 2017, OhioHealth and Lutheran Social Services began a conversation about creating a space for people who are ready to be discharged from the hospital but have no place to go. Three years later, the Medical Respite at Faith Mission was opened in partnership with OhioHealth, which donated $350,000 for start-up costs.
Located at Faith Mission close to Grant Hospital in downtown Columbus, the Medical Respite is a 3,000 square-foot space with 16 beds in eight rooms. The center can provide 24-hour respite care for patients who need additional recovery time and are experiencing homelessness. Medical assistants, nurse case managers, and medical respite aides will care for patients, who will also have access to Faith Mission's health center, including medical, dental, and vision care.
In addition to providing a continuum of care for up to 45 days after discharge, the program will also link patients with Faith Mission's other social services, including housing and employment assistance. "One of the most important elements of the Medical Respite is the opportunity to break the cycle of homelessness," said Jacqui Bastian, Director of Care Management for OhioHealth. The Medical Respite can be used by patients discharged from any OhioHealth facility.
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