Recuperative Care Center: Medical Respite

Deborah Smith Walsh Recuperative Care Center Referral Form 

The Recuperative Care Center provides short-term, residential care to people who are homeless and sick, but not sick enough to be in a hospital. This program provides guests with much-needed care at a critical time in their rehabilitation, and an alternative to trying to recuperate on the streets. 

The Center staff will identify clients who are unconnected to care and have a history of multiple emergency department visits. By coordinating medical care, short-term residential care, and other services, the RCC provides a vital service to support medically and psychiatrically complex homeless adults.


  • Enhance quality of life through case management and mutually agreed upon goals between case manager and guest
  • Reduce symptoms and improve acute medical concerns as well as overall health
  • Assist guests in overcoming past adversity, trauma and other sources of stress caused by homelessness
  • Support integration into the community by providing a critical bridge to permanent housing


  • Bill was a wheelchair independent, homeless man who ended up hospitalized while living on the street. He struggled to find handicappedaccessible housing for years. Bill says he would “definitely recommend staying at he RCC. It’s better than anywhere else you could go. It’s the best.” Bill enjoyed having access to a comfortable room to rest, the TV room, and the stocked cooking area that were available during his recovery. The RCC set Bill up with housing as well, “a miracle” for Bill, who had been homeless for six years.
  • John was hospitalized for over a month after being hit by a car. After rehab, he stayed at the RCC for three weeks. The RCC gave John the independence he lacked at the shelter, as well as friendly staff and readily available food. John feels his “life has changed for the better” since his stay in the RCC. The RCC set John up with housing, food stamps, and resources for getting to and from his doctor’s appointments. Staff at the RCC also helped John get his social security number and ID card so he could register for MassHealth. John comes by the RCC every now and then to visit the staff, and tells his friends about the RCC because “they like to help people there.”
    • “I would come back and stay at the RCC if I didn’t have other housing. I’m doing a lot better than I ever did before.”

Frequently Asked Admission Questions: 

What is the RCC?

  • The RCC is a medical respite facility. We provide short term medical and recuperative care services to men and women in the Lynn area who do not require hospital level of care but are too sick to tolerate the stress of life in shelters or on the street. The average length of stay is two weeks. The RCC program uses an integrated care model with community members.

What services are offered at the RCC?

  • Guests that are staying at the RCC will be seen by a team that includes medical providers and case managers. Guests will be seen by a medical provider each day and assigned a case manager. There is 24/7 staff coverage. There are also behavioral services, support groups, health education, discharge planning, benefits management, and housing case management. Guests are provided all meals.

Does the RCC accept guests that are on methadone?

  • If a guest is taking methadone for a substance use disorder, he/she must be enrolled in a methadone treatment program in which they are able to set up transportation to and from the treatment program. We require the confirmation form and a last dose letter be completed by the referring agency for all guests on MAT.

What are main criteria for patients to receive care at the RCC?

  • A guest must have an acute medical problem and be medically and psychiatrically stable to be managed in a group setting. Guests must need short term care and be independent with ADL’s. Guest must be able to ambulate independently (may use adaptive equipment). Guests must have a tie to the Lynn area.

Can we accept a patient on IV antibiotics?

  • The RCC program does not have medical staff on site     24/7 and therefore we are unable to accept guests on IV medications.

What is the referral process like?

  • Guests are admitted Monday-Thursday between 9A-2P from hospitals, shelters, and clinics. Guests cannot self-refer.
  • If you are making a referral from either a medical or non-medical site, please complete the referral form along with the two way release of information
  • The RCC program team will review the referral  Monday -Friday and determine if guest is eligible for RCC services
  • An acceptance or denial form will be sent to referring party

How and when can we call RCC?

  • For any further information you may call 781-691-9486 to speak with a member of the LCHC Medical Team

What are the qualifications for Guests? 

  • Be homeless or deemed underserved
  • Be reffered from a health care facility on the North Shore and/or a community provider from the Greater Lynn Area
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have an acute medical condition requiring short-term care
  • Be medically and psychiatrically stable
  • Be able to tolerate group settings
  • Be continent of urine and feces; ostomy or catheter must be managed by guest
  • Be independent in mobility, transferring, and feeing and not known to be a fall risk 
  • Be agreeable to receiving care from Recuperative Care staff
  • Have scheduled subspecialty follow-up appointments
  • Be independent in all ADL’s and medication administration
  • Not expect detox or seizure management services
  • Be agreeable to a non-smoking facility with designated outdoor areas available for smoke breaks 
  • Lynn Community Health Center
  • Lifebridge
  • Lynn Health Task Force
  • Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless
  • My Brother’s Table
  • Partners Healthcare
  • North Shore Medical Center