Hospital Emergency Care

Hospital Emergency Care

Many homeless people lack access to a family physican and appropriate medical care. As a result they tend to rely on emergency services, often using emergency rooms as their source of primary medical care. This use of an “emergency” service is very expensive. 

When discharged, individuals experiencing homelessness aren’t always able to follow through a medication or care regime (i.e. sitz baths, wound care or rest) due to a lack of housing. Respite facilities and infirmary programs are essential for an individual to be able to receive adequate treatment. 

More and more community-based organizations are pioneering new ways of offering their clients access to primary care including mobile health units, embedded medical facilities at shelters, visiting nurses and support teams for case management that include health care practitioners.