As a medical respite program offering temporary housing to acutely ill homeless men, Joseph’s Home accepts referrals for candidates who are confronting a range of needs, including men who:
- Are being discharged from the hospital following acute illness and/or surgery
- Have fractures, post-surgery, and those who require supervision to help them stabilize or recover
- Are in need of temporary home health care (i.e. stroke, colostomy, renal dialysis, wound, leg ulcers, etc)
- Are receiving cancer treatment or recovering from the effects of chemotherapy or radiation treatment
- Need to be stabilized on new medications (i.e. diabetic, high blood pressure, heart, chronic asthma, pain.)
- Have chemical dependence with other medical problems as described above
- Have HIV/AIDS with other medical problems as described above
- Will soon be admitted to a hospital for surgery
Individuals seeking a referral to Joseph’s Home are encouraged to contact Cleveland/Cuyahoga County Coordinated Intake by visiting the 2nd floor of the Bishop Cosgrove Center at 1736 Superior Avenue OR by calling 216.674.6700. For more information about Coordinated Intake, visit www.ohs.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/information-homeless.aspx.
Although Joseph’s Home serves a wide range of medical needs, the following criteria are also important in ensuring Joseph’s Home is the best fit for a potential candidate. He must:
- Be homeless, male and over the age of 18
- Have the potential to live independently in a group setting
- Be ambulatory and independent with transfers
- Be continent
- Be able to perform independent activities of daily living
- Not be charged with or registered as a sex offender. (Joseph’s Home is in close proximity—less than 2,000 feet—to a childcare facility. This requirement is by law.)
The Onboarding Process
When a candidate is initially referred to the program, the Joseph’s Home medical director will help staff determine the medical severity of the potential resident. With this determination, Joseph’s Home can prioritize which candidates need care first, ultimately helping expedite the admission process.
Once the candidate is admitted into the program, the medical director will help provide an initial medical assessment with the registered nurse. From there, the medical director, nurse and resident will create a Health and Wellness Care Plan. The care plan centers on five objectives:
- Stabilizing medical condition; achieving medication compliance
- Reconciling prescriptions with community providers
- Establishing an ongoing relationship with a primary care provider
- Providing education resources to promote knowledge and understanding of medical condition
- Making progress toward obtaining permanent housing
Under these objectives, residents are provided with several actions steps that both the staff and resident work to achieve. Residents also work with a peer recovery supporter, who serves as a relational base of emotional support for residents through one-on-one interactions to help identify and cope with issues of mental health, substance abuse or addiction, and health self-management. Before a resident is discharged from Joseph’s Home, the peer recovery supporter creates a follow-up plan with goals aimed at increasing self-sufficiency by independently utilizing the available community resources.
Developing Life Skills and Self-Esteeem
Residents at Joseph’s Home are not only exposed to needed medical care and services, but because an emphasis is placed on their totality of being, staff also work with the men to set and accomplish personal, educational and financial goals, all designed to lead the men to “self-sustainability.” Residents are asked to participate in recovery programs as needed as well as educational activities designed to develop life skills and foster self-esteem. Joseph’s Home offers several programs to provide participants with a constructive outlet for self-expression, such as art therapy and music therapy.