Medical Respite Unit

Medical respite programs serve people experiencing homelessness who are ready to be discharged from a hospital but too frail to recover on the streets or in shelters. The goal of respite care is to stabilize a homeless patient’s medical condition so that they can transition safely to self care. To further address the complex health issues facing homeless persons following hospital discharge, Sulzbacher added a 28-bed Medical Respite facility at the downtown campus. The Sulzbacher Medical Respite is a short-term transitional unit where patients who meet admission criteria are provided medical management and supportive care during the final stages of recovery from illness or surgery.

·         Our Services

The Sulzbacher Medical Respite provides the following services

  • Room and board in a semi-private medical respite unit with 24 hour supervision and building security. Rooms include private, semi-private and 4-bed. A private lounge is also available for respite residents.
  • Personal hygiene items and access to laundry facilities
  • Case management services that include assistance with patient transportation to appointments following respite discharge
  • Professional nursing management during regularly scheduled weekday hours (Monday through Friday)

Hours of Operation:

Patients are screened and admitted to the Medical Respite Care Program upon approval of the designated representative during the hours of 8:30am and 4:00pm- Monday through Friday. 


Thank you to our Medical Respite Partners:

The City of Jacksonville

Mayor Alvin Brown

Bank of America

Baptist Medical Center

St. Vincent's Healthcare

UF Health

Memorial Hospital 

Brooks Rehabilitation