What is recuperative care?

What is recuperative care?

Recuperative care (also known as medical respite) is a program that offers a safe place to discharge homeless patients when they no longer require hospitalization but still need to heal from an illness or injury.

The program allows individuals to continue their recovery and receive treatment for minor illnesses while case managers facilitate access to primary care, behavioral health services and other supportive social services, such as transportation, food and housing.

Recuperative care saves taxpayer dollars, costs significantly less than extended hospital stays and leads to fewer hospital re-admissions. Clients served are also more likely to find permanent housing.


While recuperative care addresses the gap in healthcare for the homeless who are going back and forth between hospitals and the streets, it is also seen as the gateway to bridge housing, which provides clients with temporary housing while permanent housing is secured. Nurses On Call Services believes people need basic necessities, such as food and a place to live, before they can move forward with their lives, including getting a job, managing their health and mental health, or discontinuing substance use. Utilizing a Housing First approach, we work with clients to create a plan for achieving long-term stability and independence, along with aftercare support, ensuring they are closer to housing than when they arrive.

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 “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou

People Experiencing Homelessness Deserve Kindness, Too

It’s Random Acts of Kindness Week and no better time to make someone’s day than today! Paying a little kindness forward can make us all feel better. Especially for people experiencing homelessness, a friendly gesture can brighten their day; contribute a sense of dignity; and help them fight the isolation, depression and embarrassment they face every day.

Need a little inspiration? Here are ways you can practice a little kindness to people experiencing homelessness:

Make eye contact, smile or say good morning

The homeless often feel invisible. One of the best ways to help someone experiencing homelessness is to show them respect. As you look into their eyes, talk to them with sincere interest and acknowledge their value as an individual, you reaffirm their humanity.

Each time you buy a new piece of clothing, donate an old one

When you clean out your closet, give your clothes to people who need them most. Clothing of all types and sizes is always needed. In the cold winter months, sweaters and coats are particularly in demand. But shoes are the hardest to come by and the most overlooked commodity on the streets.

Make two lunches and give one away

Putting together an extra sack lunch doesn’t take much effort, and the reward is well worth it. Non-perishable foods keep well. Something as simple as a package of peanut butter crackers, applesauce, a granola bar and a bottle of water can make a huge difference to a hungry soul.

Give someone a job or assist in job training

Whether you can hire and train someone in a position, such as a security guard or a file clerk, or for handyman tasks or simply mowing the lawn, the opportunity means the world and can make a real difference in someone’s life.

Buy someone new socks and underwear

New socks and underwear are among the most needed—but least donated—items at homeless shelters. Many homeless people wash their feet, but often need to put their dirty socks back on. New socks feel good and help defend against health problems.

Offer a gift card for fast food or groceries or a bus pass

If you’re reluctant to give money, you can offer the gift of a hot meal. For someone in need, this also means a warm respite from the cold and access to a restroom with running water, soap and a toilet. A bus pass can come in handy for employment interviews or transportation to a doctor’s appointment.

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To support our Recuperative Care program, feel free to contact us using the below address
Tel: +254 787 599122
E-mail: info@nursesoncallservices.org

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