Homeless Are Vulnerable Population

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Homeless are Vulnerable Population Robin C. Cameron NUR/440 August 2, 2010 Pauline Rodger Homeless are Vulnerable Population It is estimated that 13.5 million people in the United States have been homeless at point to another. Homeless population is susceptible for poor health and overcrowded shelters, which makes this population at higher risk to communicable diseases. The homeless with pre-existing medical condition not medical treated will have a higher risk of complication. Therefore, this creates a fault line in our health care system for us to help the homeless population (O'Connell, Oppenheimer, Judge, Taube, Blanchfield, Swain, & Koh, 2010). To help the homeless population we will review what constitutes a vulnerable population along with looking at what barriers this population may have to prevent them from seeking help. Then I will briefly review my experience with vulnerable population. Vulnerable Population Vulnerable population is any group or community of people who are susceptible or at higher risk to contract disease, or illness physically or psychologically. They have little or no support system or service to provide them with help. Barriers to obtaining services The barriers that the homeless population may prevent them from seeking help or services are many. One is the constant struggle for the homeless to find safer shelters or a place to stay along with finding food to sustain one’s life on a day-to-day basis. The homeless are not concerned with his or her health when his or her primary instinct is to stay alive one-day at a time. So this population tends to put his or her own health needs on the back burner, leaving his or her illness go undetected or injuries not treated, which could lead to further complication. Another barrier is the homeless does not know where to turn to receive the help they need because of lack
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