Illness in the Homeless Population

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:

http://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/health.html

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.”

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About tjmcfee

Freelance writer. Activist on homeless issues. 48 years old. I write about subjects that need to be examined closely and thoughtfully. The idea for Brain Sections came from reading a book about abandoned asylums. I wanted to set a suspense story in that setting. The inclusion of crazed scientists turning homeless people into zombies is what makes the story unique. View all posts by tjmcfee

4 responses to “Illness in the Homeless Population

  • Scott Andrew Hutchins

    Since entering the shelter system, I have had 10 bouts of food poisoning, as well as gout and impetigo.

    • tjmcfee

      One good remedy for food poisoning (mild case) is to take 1 tablespoon of vinegar (any kind) in a glass of water. After 2 doses it should clear up. If your symptoms are severe, go to the ER of course. The shelters some times save good donated food for the staffers and give the residents spoiled food or food that has been left on the floor, invaded by rats, roaches, or flies… etc. Stay safe.

  • Scott Andrew Hutchins

    I stopped eating at the shelter and have resorted to soup kitchens and using my food stamps. Unfortunately, the system cut my food stamps from $200 to $78 each month on the grounds that I have unemployment money and no rental expense.

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