Sick or Injured in Need of a Safe Place to Recover
Men and women who are both homeless and sick face especially difficult challenges when they are sick, injured, or discharged from the hospital in need of a secure, supportive place to recuperate. The needs fall across the spectrum of illnesses. Chemotherapy can be exhausting. Broken bones require cautious care. Burns need careful and frequent dressing changes. Patients facing a terminal illness benefit from palliative care. These and other serious medical problems place Boston's homeless men and women at risk that their conditions will worsen.
Essential Short-Term Care for the Critically Ill
BHCHP provides "medical respite care", short-term medical and recuperative services for homeless people who are far too sick for life in shelters or on the streets, but who are not sick enough to occupy a costly hospital bed. BHCHP provides respite care to increasingly acute patients who would otherwise have no place to go for pre- and post-operative care; for care while enduring chemotherapy and radiation therapy; for recuperation after an injury; and even for end-of-life care. The 24/7 program treats people experiencing a wide array of illnesses including pneumonia, cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, cirrhosis and heart failure. The average length of stay is about two weeks and referrals come from virtually every hospital in the greater Boston area as well as directly from our clinicians in the shelters and on the streets.
The Barbara McInnis House
The Barbara McInnis House is BHCHP's 104-bed medical respite facility located at Jean Yawkey Place on the campus of Boston Medical Center. The facility is named for Barbara McInnis (1935-2003), a remarkably generous and talented nurse who cared for thousands of Boston's homeless men and women while advocating tirelessly in their interest. The Barbara McInnis House has become a nationally recognized and emulated facility that continues her legacy.
For patients and providers looking for more complete information on services provided at the Barbara McInnis House, please see our FAQ sheet.
If you are a patient with questions, please visit our For Patients page.