Phone: (720) 422-5938
Fax: (303) 296-1306
3636 West Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80204
The Samaritan House
Open Dorm Setting
2301 Lawrence Street
Denver, CO 80205
Medical Respite Care is acute and post-acute medical care for homeless persons who are too ill or frail to recover from a physical illness or injury on the streets, but no longer need to be in a hospital.
The Coalition’s Medical Respite Care Program serves homeless individuals who have no place to recover after they have been discharged from the hospital. In addition to providing visits from nursing staff, respite care provides a safe, secure and restful environment, where patients can access supportive services such as housing assistance and follow-up treatment.
Patients with acute medical needs must be referred to Medical Respite by a healthcare provider, per a doctor’s order. Due to limited bed availability, referrals should be submitted with as much advanced notice as possible.
Patients must be independently able to conduct activities of daily living.
Patients will be oriented to facilities upon arrival.
Approval to program is determined on a case-by-case basis.
Administrative staff members are available 24/7.
Patient meals are provided.
Approval of program contingent based on facility-specific requirements
Respite Request and Referral Forms:
What to Bring
Please provide your identification card, insurance cards, all medication and any paperwork from referring medical provider or hospital.
As part of the Medical Respite Care Program, it is required to do a nursing intake with a Respite Nurse, as well as a Case Management intake, and meet with the Respite Care team weekly, or as required. Following facility-specific program guidelines is also required.
All clients are subject to a background investigation prior to approval into the Medical Respite Care Program.
Becoming a Contracted Respite Facility
For information on becoming a contracted facility with the Coalition’s Medical Respite Care Program, please contact Mary Lea Forington, Director of Integrated Health Services at (303) 312-9798.