Medical Respite & Recuperative Care

What started with a few Medical Respite/Recuperative Care beds in 2009, has evolved into a strong service line for Illumination Foundation and our healthcare partners. Currently operating seven recuperative care centers with 408 beds in three counties (Los Angeles, Orange County and Riverside County), Illumination Foundation has established itself as a leading provider of Medical Respite/Recuperative Care services.

What is Medical Respite/Recuperative Care?

Recuperative care provides safe bridge housing where individuals experiencing homelessness can recuperate after emergency room or hospital discharge. Without this option, these individuals would have no place to recover from their medical condition and could end up back on the street. Our program greatly reduces the cost to the community by taking these individuals from hospital beds into our care. A hospital or other referring agency refers clients to Illumination Foundation’s recuperative care where they receive medical oversight, intensive case management, behavioral health therapy, and substance use counseling. Recuperative care saves the healthcare system money, reduces emergency room visits and hospitalizations, and increases individuals’ connections to resources to support their pathway to housing.

A Letter from Illumination Foundation Executive Director
of Healthcare Services Pooja Bhalla, DNP, RN

Why Illumination Foundation Recuperative Care?

What started with a few recuperative care beds in 2009 has evolved into a strong service line for Illumination Foundation and our healthcare partners. Currently operating seven recuperative care centers with 250 beds in three counties (Los Angeles, Orange County and Riverside County), Illumination Foundation has established itself as a leading provider of recuperative care services.

We are in the process of adding recuperative care beds with our healthcare partners in the
following locations:

  • Fullerton (60 beds)
  • Midway City (38 beds)
  • Anaheim (60 beds)
  • Fullerton (Unity House St. Jude Medical Center; 20 female-only beds)
  • Whittier (130 beds)
  • Sylmar (50 beds)
  • Riverside (50 beds)

Today, our program is a proven industry leader for many reasons. Illumination Foundation
Recuperative Care saves the healthcare system money, reduces emergency room visits and
hospitalizations, dramatically decreases the recidivism rate back to the hospital and increases
individuals’ connections to resources to support their pathway to housing. Additionally, we deliver medically vulnerable individuals a chance to recover in a safe and positive environment wrapped in the services necessary to begin the process toward sustainable physical and mental health and well-being. During their recuperative care stay, each client has access to primary care, behavioral health, and dental services through our Illumination Foundation Medical Group.

Our program is designed to address the economic realities of hospitals who have been treating
individuals experiencing homelessness despite the burden to their own healthcare operation.
Working together, we can do the right thing for this segment of the population in a cost-effective and dignified manner.

We hope you look to Illumination Foundation as a trusted partner. I look forward to having the
opportunity to collaborate with you and your team.

Sincerely,

Pooja Bhalla, DNP, RN
Executive Director of Healthcare Services, Illumination Foundation

Program Overview

Illumination Foundation Medical Respite/Recuperative Care program offers the following to our healthcare partners:

  • 24-hour scheduled intakes
  • Referrals confirmed in 30 minutes
  • Medically stabilize clients through:
    • 24-hour integrated medical oversight
    • Intensive case management
    • Housing navigation
    • On-site substance use counselors
    • On-site therapist
  • Comprehensive coordination of post-acute care for each client
    • Oversight of the medical discharge plan
    • Education on medical compliance
    • Connect clients to medical resources such as medical, home, specialty care, and post-recuperative care
    • On-site primary care and behavioral health available through IFMG
  • Safe, clean, and supportive setting to provide recovery and medical oversight for medically vulnerable individuals exiting hospitals and experiencing homelessness

How to Refer to Illumination Foundation Recuperative Care

Step 1: Call our 24-hour referral line below. • Step 2: Discuss the client case. • Step 3: Referral confirmation received in 30 minutes.

LA Referral Info

OC Referral Info

Riverside/I.E. Referral Info

Cost Savings for the Healthcare System

Medial Respite/Recuperative Care saves the healthcare system money, reduces emergency room visits and hospitalizations, and increases individuals’ connections to resources to support their pathway to housing.

The Riverside Recuperative Care Center

The 50-bed recuperative care center spa opened its doors in the City of Riverside
in June 2021 and provides the following:

• Medical respite
• 24-hour on-site medical and behavioral health oversight, including assistance with medications, medical staff triage and assessment
• On-site mental health and behavioral health counseling
• Connection to primary care medical homes
• Connections to other healthcare-related services deemed necessary per the client’s needs
• Illumination Foundation Medical Group primary care provider on site
• Intensive case management services, including assistance applying for income-related benefits, obtaining documents, and transportation services
• Potential connections to housing opportunities

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