The Richard M. Schulze Family American Cancer Society Hope Lodge—
Staying With Us
At the Hope Lodge community, each guest has their own room with a private, handicapped-accessible bathroom. Every room is equipped with two Select Comfort Sleep Number ® beds. Linens and towels are also provided.
If you are coming to stay at the Hope Lodge community, you only need to bring your medications, toiletries, and any other personal items you may need during your stay. You will also need to provide your own meals. You may either bring your groceries with you, or you can do your shopping once you get to the Twin Cities. We would be happy to recommend a grocery store or other places to do your shopping.
Hope Lodge serves an adult cancer patient population. Adult cancer patients and one adult caregiver are eligible to stay at Hope Lodge under the following conditions:
- Must sign a general release and waiver of liability
- Must permanently reside 40 miles or more away from their treatment facility
- Transplant patients must reside 30 minutes away from their treatment facility
- Must be 18 years of age or older
- Must be in active cancer treatment
- Must have an end date for their treatment
- Must have a permanent home address
- Must be able to find or provide transportation to and from cancer treatment
- Must be mobile
- Must be able to maintain the cleanliness of their room, kitchen/common areas
- Must provide written confirmation from a physician that they are free of infectious or communicable diseases
- Must be able to evacuate the building in case of an emergency
- Must be able to care for themselves and prepare their meals
- IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT ALL PATIENTS HAVE A CAREGIVER. Any patient staying without a caregiver must have a consent letter from their care provider stating that the patient is mobile, able to stay alone and care for him/herself.
- Bone Marrow Transplant, brain cancer patients, and guests in wheelchairs are required to have a caregiver with them at all times
- Staff will assess on an ongoing basis guests’ ability to care for themselves. Staff will speak to the guest and their social workers and/or physicians for their input. If a guest is staying alone and becomes unable to care for him/herself or becomes a burden to other guests or caregivers, he/she will be required to secure a caregiver or leave the Hope Lodge facility.
- Individuals who meet these eligibility requirements will be welcomed regardless of race, creed, gender, color, heritage, economic status or sexual orientation.
Hope Lodge will be available to qualified guests for a maximum of three months during any given treatment cycle. After this time, managers should evaluate the guest’s situation with the referral source to determine if a longer stay is needed. Each guest will receive a private room, which would accommodate him/her and one adult caregiver. All guests must follow staff instruction.
Contact Hope Lodge at 612.379.6352 for information about staying with Hope Lodge.
After arriving at the Hope Lodge facility, each new guest must complete paperwork and attend a 30 minute orientation.
The Hope Lodge guest must be present at the time of his/her check in.
Overview of Services
Our community provides guests with many great features:
- All rooms are equipped with high speed internet
- We provide all linens and towels
- Six fully equipped kitchens complete with dishes, utensils, small appliances, etc.
- Fitness Room
- Game Room
- Meditation/Chapel Room
- Library, movies, puzzles, and games
- Computers and printers with internet accessibility
- Wireless access
- Four TV rooms with big screen TV and DVD player, wide assortment of movies available
- Cancer Support Groups
- Free laundry facilities with iron and ironing board
- Outdoor patio with tables and chairs
- Gas Grills
- Coffee/tea bar
- Look Good...Feel Better
- Bingo Night
- Occasional evening meals served by local organizations
- Game Nights
- Occasional evenings with musical entertainment
What to Bring
When staying at The Richard M. Schulze Family American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, guests should bring the following items:
- Small TV and antenna for your room if you do not want to utilize one of our TV lounges
- Data cable to hook up your personal computer in your rooms if you do not want to utilize our computer room. Wireless internet is available throughout the building.
- Cell phone or phone card, there are no long distance calls on room phones
Frequently Asked Questions
- Do doctor appointments and/or blood tests count as “cancer treatment”?
Guests receiving ongoing consecutive cancer treatments are eligible to stay with the Hope Lodge program. Other patients receiving non-treatment related appointments may be accepted based on occupancy and at manager’s approval.
- Are meals provided?
Guests will need to provide and prepare their own meals. You may either bring your groceries with you or you can do your shopping once you get to the Hope Lodge community. We would be happy to recommend a grocery store to do your shopping. Occasionally local community groups will come in and serve a meal to all of the guests.
- Am I allowed to have more than one caregiver stay with me at a time?
No, we only allow the guest and the registered support person to stay at the Hope Lodge facility. However, your support person can change during your stay.
- Can my children visit me during my stay with the Hope Lodge community?
Children are welcome to visit at the Hope Lodge building on our community floors. However, only registered adult guests are allowed to stay overnight. Visiting hours are between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. Hope Lodge guests are responsible for their visitors while they are visiting.
- Do you have handicapped-accessible rooms?
Yes. We have specific rooms designated as handicapped-accessible; however all of our rooms are accessible.
- Do you have housekeeping?
Guests are responsible for the general cleaning of their rooms during the course of their stay. Cleaning supplies are provided for guests use. The community rooms are cleaned daily by housekeeping, and each room is thoroughly cleaned when guests check out of the Hope Lodge building.
- Do I need to bring sheets and towels?
Sheets and towels are provided to you. Guests are responsible for laundering their sheets and towels as needed.
- Do you have computers and/or internet service?
The Hope Lodge facility has a computer room on the lower level with access to the internet. If you would like to bring your own computer, there is internet access in your room. Wireless internet is available throughout the building.
- Does it matter which hospital I go to for treatment?
No, any patient traveling 40 miles or more to the Twin Cites for treatment is eligible to stay at the Hope Lodge community.
- How do I register to stay with the Hope Lodge program?
Your health care provider will need to fill out a Hope Lodge referral form.
- If I go home or travel during treatment, do I lose my room?
If you are going to be gone more than two business days, you may need to check out of your room. You can then check back in to a room upon your return to the Hope Lodge facility.
- How much does it cost to stay at the Hope Lodge community?
There is no cost to stay with the Hope Lodge program. All Hope Lodge locations are supported and funded through donated time and money.
News and Events/Reunions
Newsletters are sent out twice a year. To receive your copy, please contact The Richard M. Schulze Family American Cancer Society Hope Lodge at 612.379.6352.
Residency at a Hope Lodge facility is a courtesy extended at the sole discretion of American Cancer Society. All individuals who meet the Hope Lodge eligibility requirements will be welcomed regardless of race, creed, citizenship, physical disability, gender, color, ethnic heritage, veteran status, economic status, or sexual orientation. For admissions information, please select a Hope Lodge location.