“I don’t need to keep going to the emergency room because St. Patrick Center helped me improve my health and find the care that I need.”

Abraham struggled with making changes in his life. While dealing with depression and alcohol abuse,
the 68-year old visited the emergency room more than a dozen times in six months.

Abraham was referred to Hospital to Housing, St. Patrick Center’s partnership program with Barnes
Jewish Hospital, BJC Healthcare, Foundation for Barnes Jewish Hospital and Behavioral Health Network of Greater St. Louis. The primary purpose of the program is to identify frequent emergency department users who are homeless and provide them with housing and support services.

Abraham joined Hospital to Housing and started working with case managers, doctors and nurses, who advocated for him to be further evaluated since he was having seizures and passing out in the streets. In addition, they worked to get his sister appointed as his emergency guardian.

Together, the group serving Abraham decided to move him to a skilled nursing facility where he can get the care he needs to deal with his health issues. Case managers continue to meet with him in his new setting. “I hope to be able move to a senior apartment when my health improves,” Abraham said.

Abraham’s sister tells us that St. Patrick Center gave her peace of mind. “I always worried about my brother and feared he would die without me knowing about it.”

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Published November 9, 2020