Conveniently attached to the Day Shelter, an on-site Medical Clinic provides guests with access to primary care, wound care, screening for chronic health conditions such as diabetes, asthma, and hypertension, and needed prescriptions. In addition to individual counseling, the nursing staff also make regular group presentations in the Day Shelter to increase guests’ understanding of infectious diseases and other prevention issues.
Using a first-come, first-served walk-in approach, the clinic is successful in serving even the most challenging, mentally ill guests who are unable to access a more structured, appointment-based service delivery system. Its location within the Day Shelter enhances the nursing staff’s ability to follow up with fragile clients who have chronic conditions, improving medication and treatment continuity.
Our Medical Clinic provides an on-site medical home to uninsured homeless individuals and averages 100 client sessions monthly, providing free access to first aid, wound care, and treatment of chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. On a monthly basis, an average of 50 homeless guests receive needed prescriptions at no charge to them.