Twenty-four-hour medical care is provided by staff physicians, nurse practitioners, and a team of nurses and nursing assistants. They evaluate and treat patients, perform tests, change dressings, manage medications and provide immunizations and pre and post operative care.
Patients come to Christ House with a variety of illnesses and injuries, including bone fractures, cancer, lung diseases, foot and leg ulcerations, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, hypertension, liver disease, kidney failure, burns and frostbite. Most of our patients have more than one diagnosis. Substance abuse and mental illness further compromise the health of many of our patients. The staff also makes special arrangements for hospitalization, follow-up care, and visits to medical specialists such as cardiologists, oncologists, and physical therapists.
Connecting our patients with specialty care and providing them with transportation and accompaniment to their appointments is important to maintaining patients’ continuum of care. Christ House provides these referral and transportation services for all patients.
The Case Management team takes a person-centered approach to address the complexity of needs for our patients. An initial intake and history provides the means for relationship building, in addition to a deeper appreciation of the individual’s story and struggles.
Our case managers meet at least once a week with each patient, then formulate care plans during weekly interdisciplinary team meetings. They work to obtain entitlements, benefits, and legal documents such as birth certificates and identification cards. They also help facilitate re-connection and reunification with family for many patients. Additionally, our case managers provide referrals to outside community resources such as intensive in-patient recovery programs, mental health services, transitional living programs, nursing homes and vocational training programs.
Above all, the Case Management team at Christ House works to empower the individual to create positive change and achieve a better quality of life.
Patients at Christ House struggling with substance abuse are given the opportunity to participate in our New Day Treatment Program. This nine-week, intensive, in-house recovery program was initiated in 2000 and is led by our Certified Addictions Counselor. When medically appropriate, patients may be referred to long-term substance abuse treatment outside of Christ House. Members of our Kairos Program meet weekly with our addictions staff. Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings are held four times a week at Christ House and are open to the community.