(603) 882-3616

The Peggy and David Gilmour Medical Respite Center

New Hampshire’s homeless residents face unique challenges when they become sick or injured. When they are discharged from the hospital, be it due to illness or injury, they are in need of a safe supportive place to recover. From the rigors of preparation for routine procedures like a colonoscopy to broken bones that require rest and attention to wounds in need of regular dressing changes. This range of medical problems place men and women who are homeless at risk for continual worsening conditions.

Your home could be under a bridge, in the woods, in a car or in an emergency shelter. Imagine not having a safe clean roof over your head, no way to get the necessary treatment and no caregivers to return home to after you’ve been discharged from the hospital.

The Peggy and David Gilmour Medical Respite Center is New Hampshire’s first (and only) medical respite program, providing acute and post-acute medical recuperative care for homeless and at risk individuals who are too sick or frail from a physical illness, surgery or behavioral health crisis to be released from the hospital to the streets or shelter, but who are ready to be discharged. Medical respite programs allow our most vulnerable neighbors to access therapeutic interventions including medical detox, in a short term, protected environment while accessing medical and other supportive services, so they can transition safely to self-care.

Services Offered

Acute and post-acute clinical services provided through the Peggy and David Medical Respite Center include:

  • pain management
  • ambulation/physical therapy
  • medication and diet monitoring
  • disease management
  • medical detox
  • prevention via patient education
  • ongoing assessment and monitoring
  • wound care and infection control, and discharge planning

The medical respite center is designed to provide integrated care to those experiencing a behavioral health crisis. It will focus on assisting the individual with behavioral health needs to stabilize their symptoms and environment. If appropriate, family support systems can be further engaged. In terms of substance use, the respite center will provide withdrawal management and medical detox, and assist clients in establishing a recovery lifestyle. Case managers will ensure that patients’ discharge plan includes access to ongoing behavioral health services.

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45 High Street, Nashua, NH 03060
(603) 882-3616

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