There are many times when a cancer patient must travel great distances to reach the needed treatments. The patient and family members have to cover the cost of transportation to the distant location but they must pay for lodging for the duration of the treatments. Many organizations now provide free or reduced cost lodging. We have provided information about a few such organizations.
The National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses, Inc. (NAHHH) is a non-profit organization that provides lodging and support for families and their loved ones far from home. The NAHHH members offer inexpensive accommodations (free, $5 - $15) during hospitalizations and repeated visits. A directory of NAHHH member/houses is updated regularly and published annually. For more information go to the NAHHH website, or call 800-542-9730.
Joe’s House is an on-line nation wide lodging resource for cancer patients and their families who must travel away form home to receive medical treatment. The website lists cancer treatment centers and nearby lodging facilities. Hotel partners include: Best Western International, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Select & Express, Crowne Plaza, Candlewood Suites, Hotel Indigo, Staybridge Suites, Extended Stay Hotel, Extended Stay Deluxe, Homestead Studio Suites, Crossland Suites, StudioPlus Deluxe Studio, Drury Inn, Drury Suites, Drury Plaza Hotel, Pear Tree Inn, Hyatt Place Hotels, and Red Roof Inns. For locations nearest your treatment go to to the Joe’s House website.
Fisher House provides free accommodations for military families. There is at least one Fisher House at every major military and VA medical center. For further information go to the Fisher House website, or call 888-294-8560.
Hope Lodge is a temporary housing program supported by the American Cancer Society. It provides free accommodations for cancer patients during treatments. For more information about this program go to the Hope Lodge website, or call 800-227-2345 (ACS toll free line and ask about Hope House).
Many cancer treatment centers have arrangements with local hotels/inns to provide free or reduced lodging. We encourage the patient and family to inquire about these accommodations.
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