Wednesday, September 2, 2015

“Where Can This Person Go?”: A Plea for the Expansion of Medical Respite Services


by Soraya Azari, MD

While recently working in the hospital I was often asked by my interns and medical students: “so where can this person go?”  An example: a 53 year old homeless man, wheelchair-bound from prior injuries, who had his wheelchair stolen during an assault, which led to pneumonia and hospitalization.  He quickly improved with intravenous antibiotics, was medically stable, and no longer met criteria for inpatient hospitalization.  So then the question is where should he go?