Lodging Resources: Pediatric Cancers

Author: Christina Bach, MBE, LCSW, OSW-C
Last Reviewed: August 08, 2022

Some patients and their families have to travel some distance for their cancer care. Staying closer to your treatment site can relieve the pressure and costs associated with repeated travel, especially if you need to be at your treatment center for multiple days. Ask your social worker or navigator for lodging information near your cancer center, as some treatment centers operate and maintain their own housing options for patients with long-term or repeated treatment needs. Please note, that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many resources listed here are temporarily closed or offering limited services. Be sure to check with each organization about service availability.

Ronald McDonald House

With over 350 locations worldwide, Ronald McDonald Houses offer a "home-away-from-home" for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost. Primarily for pediatric and adolescent patients and their families, Ronald McDonald houses offer private, family-oriented rooms, meals, support services, and children’s playrooms so that the family can focus on the health and recovery of their child. For referrals contact your social worker or navigator. For more information about Ronald McDonald Houses in your area, see https://rmhc.org/find-a-chapter.

Joe's House

Joe's House is a nonprofit organization providing an online nationwide list of places to stay to assist cancer patients and their families in finding lodging near treatment centers. Many partner organizations offer discounts to cancer patients. For more information see joeshouse.org or call 877-JOESHOU

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