Providing a Safe Place to Land During Hospitalization: Family Lodging Assistance
As a regional healthcare resource, HCMC draws patients from far distances. For the out-of-town family members of these patients, staying close to their loved ones in downtown Minneapolis is expensive and stressful. There are also patients who, after hospitalization, require intensive daily rehabilitation, dialysis or infusion therapy and have no one close to HCMC to help with lodging.
The Family Lodging Assistance Fund was created to support temporary lodging for families with patients in long-term care situations at the hospital or extended outpatient care. Examples of use include renovations to the existing four family rooms in PICU, subsidies to external sources of lodging, and the establishment of a permanent onsite source of lodging.
Who would benefit?
This service benefits a broad range of families and patients across our organization. Out-of-town family members of patients in all our intensive care units (PICU, MICU, NICU, SICU), Pediatrics, Burn, and Inpatient Psychiatry, as well as, out-of-town patients receiving intensive daily care in Knapp Rehab, Transplant and Cancer could receive assistance. Also, families who have to arrive very early for surgery could benefit from staying close to the hospital the night before appointments.
Currently, four family rooms in PICU are in constant use each day. With additional funds, it is estimated close to a thousand family members could be supported each year with convenient, comfortable, affordable, temporary lodging.
Right across the street from the hospital is Augustana Apartments. These one and two bedroom apartments are fully furnished with kitchens, living room space, stocked linens, and bathroom supplies. A perfect arrangement for family members arriving in crisis with little or no supplies.
A strong partnership has been formed over the years and social workers and case managers currently arrange overnight accommodations with Augustana when rooms are available. It costs around $60 a night for a family, which is much less than a hotel. However, contributions to this fund can help subsidize the cost for those with less financial resources, if that is out of reach.
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