Medical Respite Turns One

Sister Mavis Jewell Medical Respite for the Homeless, the first medical respite program in the Capital Region, opened March 20, 2017 by IPH. This March we celebrated not only the first anniversary of this innovative program but also an expansion. Opened in 2017 with 10 beds, medical respite now boasts 17 beds. This increase allows hospitals to refer more guests and to keep more individuals in a safe, healing environment.

Medical Respite is short term-residential care that allows individuals the opportunity to rest in a safe 24/7 environment while accessing care and supportive services such as meals, personal care needs, medications, treatments and home care services. While patients are recovering, case managers also assist in helping to find shelter or housing.

Each guest at medical respite has their own unique story and needs. IPH is proud to help even more residents through this vulnerable time.


Meet Meredith

Meredith and Bill (not pictured) were the first couple to utilize medical respite. They have been significant others for almost 13 years and became homeless last year due to rising rent and utility prices.

After a winter of homelessness, Meredith required an amputation of her toes resulting from frostbite from living on the streets. While residing at medical respite, Bill started to address his own medical, mental health, and substance abuse needs as well.

They recently transitioned into an apartment setting with all the necessary furnishings to provide a safe living environment.


Meet Jane

As a single, working mother, Jane raised one son and is now a proud grandmother as well. Her longest and most rewarding job was her employment with the DMV as the artist who designed license plates.

Jane has a history of significant medical needs. In recent years, she has displayed signs of early onset dementia, resulting in a decreased ability to independently manage her own home and health care needs. It was a significant transition and loss for Jane to agree to selling her home. However, she also recognized the need for additional support, in order to safely transition back into the community. She diligently worked with medical respite, her family, and other services to secure housing in a senior community.

Jane enjoyed the company of other guests and the support of staff as she worked to regain housing.


There are so many ways that you can help us help others.