Summary - Homeless people
Homeless people are people who have an address where they spend part of the time or a postal address. People who don't have such an address are homeless. They sleep in public spaces or in social reception locations. Many have become homeless due to rent arrears or other debts, or after detention or due to nuisance. Most homeless people are single men. A relatively large part has an intellectual disability or a psychiatric disorder, or a combination thereof. In addition, they often have other health problems, such as addiction, infectious diseases, COPD, stomach and intestinal complaints, skin complaints, foot problems and many gum and dental problems. It is difficult for them to consistently use medication. Living as a homeless person causes a lot of stress, partly due to negative reactions from the environment. Half of the homeless have no health insurance. A part is still registered with a doctor. Many homeless people have difficulty getting GP care and oral care is even harder. Street doctor projects have been set up in some cities to provide general practitioner care for the homeless. Sometimes dentists participate. For homeless people, consider their living situation, which makes it difficult to be on time, to take good care of their teeth, to eat healthily and to take medication.