The Bailey-Boushay House Outpatient Program, in Seattle, provides clients with a coordinated group of professionals to support a range of health care needs. Seven days a week, clients are served a hot breakfast and lunch to better equip them for moving toward wellness.
The program provides the following:
See this month's list of activities and menu for outpatient clients:
Medication Adherence Program
Medicines to effectively control HIV/AIDS have transformed the disease into a treatable chronic illness for many, if they can take the medicines successfully. For clients battling homelessness, substance abuse, mental health issues or other problems, staying on the strict regimen involving 20 to 30 pills a day can be extremely challenging.
Medication management in the Outpatient Program includes a unique dispensing system that helps promote compliance by organizing pills into medstrips — perforated rolls of individually labeled pill packets. Medstrips can be picked up daily to weekly, depending on client need.
The Adherence To Go program was devised for clients struggling specifically with medication adherence and has developed into providing clients the tools needed to become independent and engaged in all aspects of their health care including making and keeping doctor appointments and maintaining their insurance. Clients meet one to one with a nurse and social worker routinely (from twice weekly to twice monthly) to learn about their medicines, how to identify them, what they are for and how to cope with any side effects. They talk about specific barriers to adherence and develop unique strategies to deal with them. Clients are also provided support and education regarding HIV/AIDS and other diagnoses.