Christ House Temporary Residence
1717 Columbia Road, Nw
Washington, DC - 20009
Provides a 24-hour medical care facility and temporary residence for those who are both ill and homeless. Also offers comprehensive nutritional, pastoral, and social services. Staff make special arrangements for hospitalization, visits to medical specialists, and follow-up care as needed.
Medical Care at Christ House
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 transportation and accompaniment to their appointments is important to maintaining patientsâ€™ 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 individualâ€™s story and struggles.
Case Managers meet at least once a week with each patient, then formulate care plans during the weekly interdisciplinary team meetings. Additionally, Case Management provides referrals to outside community resources such as intensive in-patient recovery programs, mental health services, transitional living programs, nursing homes and vocational training programs.
The Case Management team also provides emotional support, facilitates a weekly HIV/AIDS education class, and offers support for family reunification. Case Managers at Christ House work to obtain entitlements, benefits, and legal documents such as birth certificates and Identification Cards.
Drug & Alcohol Treatment
Patients at Christ House struggling with substance abuse are given the opportunity to participate in our New Day Treatment Program. This 12-week, intensive, in-house recovery program was initiated in 2000 and is led by our Certified Addictions Counselor (Level II). When medically appropriate, patients may be referred for outside long-term substance abuse treatment. Members of our Kairos Program meet weekly with our addictions staff. Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held four times each week here at Christ House and are open to the community.