At the end of February we wrapped up the 6 month pilot phase of the Interfaith Works REST medical respite program. This was a very successful pilot between Interfaith Works, Providence St. Peter Hospital, Multicare-Capital Medical, and the Thurston County Office of Public Health and Human Services to provide dedicated beds for medically fragile people exiting the hospitals who are unhoused.
We are very happy with the outcomes and we want the community to know more about this exciting, innovative program that is only one of 9 that are like it statewide. It's the first of its kind in Thurston County and is strengthening both the homeless response and the hospital systems effectiveness and efficiency in supporting medically fragile people who are leaving the hospitals.
Often when people have nowhere to go they end up staying in hospital beds for longer than may be necessary because they are still too fragile to go back to the streets.
The REST program provides a transitional place to land with wrap around case management and 24/7 support so that people will be more likely to follow through with aftercare instructions, and reduce recidivism back to the hospital.
This also helps to ensure that all of our precious community hospital beds are being utilized for the people who need them the most.
Please check out a quick facts sheet and the full end of pilot report below!
HUGE Thank you to the authors of, and contributors to the REST Pilot End of Pilot Report:
Meg Martin, LICSW, CPC, is the Executive Director for The Interfaith Works.