Not sure what these lodging resources cover? These are resources for temporary housing facilities for patients, and usually a family member or caretaker, when the patient is receiving care at a medical facility far from home.
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Population served: Everyone in the United States (check the website for availability in your area)
2-1-1 is the telephone number of a call center that offers information and provides referrals to health and human services for everyday needs and in times of crisis. Services vary from community to community.
Examples of service referrals include:
- Basic human need resources: food banks, clothing, shelters, rent assistance and utility assistance
- Physical and mental health resources: medical information lines, crisis intervention services, counseling, drug and alcohol intervention
- Employment support: unemployment benefits, financial assistance, job training, transportation assistance and education programs
- Support for older Americans and persons with disabilities: home healthcare, adult daycare, congregate meals, Meals on Wheels, respite care, transportation and homemaker services
- Support for children, youth and families: childcare, family resource centers, summer camps and recreation programs, mentoring, tutoring and protective services
Andrew McDonough B Foundation
Population served: Pediatric cancer patients (under the age of 21) and their families in the United States. Assistance is available to families who are experiencing financial hardship brought on by the diagnosis.
The B Foundation is committed to helping the families of critically ill children with financial assistance so they can focus on helping their child get well.
- Provides financial support to eligible patients once a year for a maximum of 2 years
- Grants typically can range from $250 - $750
- Application available on the website
The National Children's Cancer Society (NCCS)
Contact: (800) 532-6459
Population served: Cancer patients up to age 21 (must have been diagnosed before age 18) worldwide
NCCS provides programs and services to improve the quality of life for children with cancer and their families.
- Provides financial support, which can include assistance with health insurance premiums, lodging, food, transportation and telephone expenses
Contact: (877) 563-7468
Population served: Patients and their families in the United States
Joe's House is an online nationwide lodging resource for patients and their families who must travel away from home for medical treatment.
- Provides an online listing of accommodations that cater to cancer patients, their families and caregivers; rates vary
- Offers online booking links for many of the lodging facilities (look for the online check mark next to the facility on the lodging query page)
- Provides details on each lodging facility's amenities, rates, reservation methods and requirements
American Cancer Society (ACS)
Contact: (800) 227-2345
Population served: Patients and caregivers needing lodging during treatment in the United States
ACS provides information about diseases, financial support, support groups, lodging and medical equipment. ACS has local chapters in the United States to provide assistance within the community.
- Offers 28 Hope Lodges in selected cities which provide free temporary lodging during treatment
- Provides a homelike environment where patients and caregivers can retreat to private rooms or connect with others who are going through similar experiences
- Offers virtual tours of the Lodges on its website
National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses, Inc. (NAHHH)
Contact: (800) 542-9730
Population served: Patients and families who need lodging assistance when traveling away from their homes for medical treatment in the United States
NAHHH offers up to 400 homes across the United States for family-centered lodging and support services. Some homes charge a small fee, some ask for a donation and some are free.
- Offers a call center and an online tool to identify available houses
Ronald MacDonald House Charities (RMHC)
Contact: (630) 623-7048
Population served: Seriously ill or injured children and their families in the United States, some international locations
The mission of RMHC is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children.
- Offers Ronald McDonald Houses, which enable families to stay together in proximity to the treatment hospital. Families can enjoy home-cooked meals, private bedrooms, playrooms for children. Families are asked to make a donation
- Offers Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, which are a place of refuge to families in the hospital where their child is staying because of illness or injury. Services may vary; however families will often find shower facilities, laundry facilities, internet access and a quiet room