Motel signThere 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.

Sarah's House of Maine is a new Cancer Hospitality House for cancer patients and caregivers. Located on 80+ acres in Holden, Maine, Sarah's House offers: a short drive to the Lafayette Family Cancer Center in Brewer (affiliated with Eastern Maine Medical Center's Cancer Care), little or no cost to guests and their loved ones, nine individual guest rooms with room enough for two, indoor and outdoor shared spaces for encouraging support and sharing of experiences, television, chair/desk for writing, club chair for lounging, and wardrobe or closet in each room.

Patients seeking lodging at Sarah's House must be referred by their patient advocate representative at EMMC Cancer Care (973-7478). The patient advocates will then reach out to the Sarah's House manager to see if they have an available room and to begin the process.

For further information, go to the Sarah's House of Maine website and read the Nov. 3rd article about Sarah's House in the Bangor Daily News.

The Healthcare Hospitality Network, Inc. (HHN) is a nationwide professional association of nearly 200 unique, nonprofit organizations that provide lodging and support services to patients, families and their loved ones who are receiving medical treatment far from their home communities. Hospital hospitality houses (HHH) provide free or significantly reduced cost lodging to patients and their families while receiving medical care away from their home communities. Unlike a hotel, HHHs provide opportunities for those going through similar stressful situations to come together as a community where they can support one another. Go to the Healthcare Hospitality Network website.

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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updated: 11/4/2014