DETERMINING BARRIERS TO PROVIDING RESPITE CARE SERVICES TO THE CHRONICALLY HOMELESS

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/211603
Type:
Research Study
Title:
DETERMINING BARRIERS TO PROVIDING RESPITE CARE SERVICES TO THE CHRONICALLY HOMELESS
Abstract:
Purpose. The aim of this study is to gain an understanding of the beliefs of the chronically homeless within a Northwest neighborhood around medical respite care services. Background. Medical respite is a model of care that provides adults experiencing homelessness with recuperative or convalescent services away from the dangers of the street. Traditionally, the term respite care refers to providing a break for a caregiver of a chronically ill family member.  However, as many emergency shelters do not allow clients to remain on the premises during the day, sick or injured adults experiencing homelessness need a place where they can rest and recuperate, receive nutritious food, assistance with dressing changes, general nursing support and safely store needed medications.  While respite care services for sick or injured homeless people is not a new concept, there are many homeless people who remain suspicious or reticent about receiving such services based on prior experiences or hearsay.  The overarching purpose of this study then is to identify possible barriers to providing medical respite services to the homeless population in this community. Methods. After obtaining informed consent, interviews with homeless men and women are being conducted using a descriptive phenomenological method.  In keeping with the principles of community based participatory research, graduate students are paired with formerly homeless people to locate and gain trust of homeless residents within the neighborhood.  The teams will interview approximately thirty chronically homeless men and women residing in the Lake City neighborhood or until interview saturation is reached.  Questions such as, “If there was a safe place available to you to recuperate after you have been in the hospital or were sick, would you stay there?   If not, can you tell us why?”  In appreciation for their participation, participants are given bus tickets in the amount of $10. Results. Data collection and concurrent data analysis are in progress. Implications. The data from this study will be used to inform the Community Advisory Board overseeing the larger programmatic approach to services for the chronically homeless in this community.  Results will also be used to design respite care services that meet the needs of the chronically homeless in this particular neighborhood. 
Keywords:
Homeless; Medical respite care services
Repository Posting Date:
20-Feb-2012
Date of Publication:
20-Feb-2012
Other Identifiers:
5575
Sponsors:
Western Institute of Nursing

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.typeResearch Studyen_GB
dc.titleDETERMINING BARRIERS TO PROVIDING RESPITE CARE SERVICES TO THE CHRONICALLY HOMELESSen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/211603-
dc.description.abstractPurpose. The aim of this study is to gain an understanding of the beliefs of the chronically homeless within a Northwest neighborhood around medical respite care services. Background. Medical respite is a model of care that provides adults experiencing homelessness with recuperative or convalescent services away from the dangers of the street. Traditionally, the term respite care refers to providing a break for a caregiver of a chronically ill family member.  However, as many emergency shelters do not allow clients to remain on the premises during the day, sick or injured adults experiencing homelessness need a place where they can rest and recuperate, receive nutritious food, assistance with dressing changes, general nursing support and safely store needed medications.  While respite care services for sick or injured homeless people is not a new concept, there are many homeless people who remain suspicious or reticent about receiving such services based on prior experiences or hearsay.  The overarching purpose of this study then is to identify possible barriers to providing medical respite services to the homeless population in this community. Methods. After obtaining informed consent, interviews with homeless men and women are being conducted using a descriptive phenomenological method.  In keeping with the principles of community based participatory research, graduate students are paired with formerly homeless people to locate and gain trust of homeless residents within the neighborhood.  The teams will interview approximately thirty chronically homeless men and women residing in the Lake City neighborhood or until interview saturation is reached.  Questions such as, “If there was a safe place available to you to recuperate after you have been in the hospital or were sick, would you stay there?   If not, can you tell us why?”  In appreciation for their participation, participants are given bus tickets in the amount of $10. Results. Data collection and concurrent data analysis are in progress. Implications. The data from this study will be used to inform the Community Advisory Board overseeing the larger programmatic approach to services for the chronically homeless in this community.  Results will also be used to design respite care services that meet the needs of the chronically homeless in this particular neighborhood. en_GB
dc.subjectHomelessen_GB
dc.subjectMedical respite care servicesen_GB
dc.date.available2012-02-20T12:04:43Z-
dc.date.issued2012-02-20T12:04:43Z-
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-20T12:04:43Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipWestern Institute of Nursingen_GB
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