When I Googled Homeless and Illness… I get mental illness, but there are lots of diseases that homeless people suffer from. To confine the thought process to mental illness ranges from ridiculous to insulting. The worst thing about being sick and on the street (or even in a shelter) is that it is damn hard to get well again. I have seen so many homeless people tossed out from ER rooms on to the street… and even people with serious illnesses and cancer having to struggle in a shelter where some of the residents are mean to them. Is there a place that the homeless who are recently discharged from the hospital get to stay for a few days or weeks until they recover? Shouldn’t there be?
Check out this report:
Excerpt: “more health care services designed to serve the homeless are clearly needed, since HCH programs do not meet the needs of the majority of homeless Americans. In addition, lack of affordable housing complicates efforts to provide health care to homeless persons. Housing is the first form of treatment for homeless people with medical problems, protecting against illness and making it possible for those who remain ill to recover.”
- Homeless People Have 400 Times Higher Risk of Head Injuries, Say Statistics (medicaldaily.com)