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Medical respite care is acute and post acute care for people experiencing homelessness who are too ill or frail to recover from an illness or injury on the streets or in a shelter, but who do not require hospital level care. The 34 bed Fairmont Tiny Homes program officially opened in August of 2021, offering a mix of 15 beds reserved for respite care and 19 units for transitional housing, all designated for the unhoused population of mid and unincorporated Alameda County. Since opening, Cardea Health has provided nursing services and support to over 100 individuals needing to recuperate from everything from minor surgery to malignant cancer. The program accepts referrals from local hospitals and street medicine teams that conduct outreach to the unhoused population.
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