Sherbourne’s Acute Respite Care (ARC) Program, formerly ‘the Infirmary’, is a short-term health care unit offering 24/7 care for individuals who are homeless, under-housed and/or socially isolated (aged 16 and older) who need a safe place to recuperate from an acute medical condition, illness, injury or surgery.
ARC offers a comfortable, supportive environment for clients to rest and recover. It is an inclusive space that welcomes all people of diverse social, cultural and gender identities.
An Interdisciplinary Team
Health care is provided by a interdisciplinary team including consulting Physicians, a Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurses, Community Health Workers, a Case Manager, Intake and Admissions Nurse, and a Unit Coordinator. ARC operates 7 days a week, 24 hours per day, providing recuperative and holistic health care to such people who are expected to recover in a short period of time from a medical condition and do not need hospital care.
In 2016, ARC opened a space devoted to transition-related care, as part of Sherbourne’s trans health expansion initiative. This expansion includes four additional beds to support individuals recovering from transition-related surgery (TRS).
ARC augments existing health care available through hospital and community sites. Our intent is to enhance the recuperative or recovery options for people who are homeless or under-housed, with a focus on individuals with health issues requiring short-term stays. ARC is not intended to replace other needed forms of health care such as emergency or urgent assessment, crisis, mental health or addiction services.
We encourage you to read our program materials, which will answer many questions about the program.
A downloadable brochure and transition-related care leaflet, which provide an overview of our program, the client referral form are available from the links below:
To request printed copies of the ARC brochure, please email email@example.com.
To request a referral form, or for questions and more information, call (416) 324-4108.
To submit a referral, fax a completed referral form to (416) 324-4258.