American Cancer Society Winn-Dixie Hope Lodge—Atlanta
American Cancer Society
Winn-Dixie Hope Lodge
1552 Shoup Court
Decatur, GA 30033
Staying With Us
The Hope Lodge is available for adults receiving outpatient cancer treatment who live more than 40 miles away from their treatment center. Their treatment must require a 3-day or longer stay in the area and be in active treatment at least 3 days per week. Patients must be able to care for themselves, and are allowed one adult guest to stay with them in their room.
- Over 18 years of age
- Have a permanent residence and provide the Hope Lodge upon arrival with a copy of the patient and caregiver's current driver’s license or other proof of residence (Utility bill, State ID card, etc.)
- Agree to stay at the Hope Lodge only between the start and end date for treatment as specified on the referral form
- Not currently under parole for a felony charge, and have not been convicted of a felony in the past 5 years
- Agree to be admitted no sooner than one day prior to treatment initiation and will vacate the Lodge no later than 24 hours following completion of treatment
To stay at the Hope Lodge, you must be referred by your Atlanta area physician or health care professional. Your health care professional will coordinate placing your name on our waiting list. It is advisable to initiate the referral process well in advance of the first date of treatment, as patients are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Referral Form for your Health Care Professional
The Hope Lodge provides the essentials: towels, blankets, sheets, pillows, laundry detergent and cleaning supplies, etc. You should planned to bring:
- Your food selections (you will have your own kitchen space)
- Personal products (shampoo, razors, pillows, etc.)
However, to make the Hope Lodge more ‘home-like,’ many guests will bring the following from home:
- Extra pillows
- Extra blanket
- Favorite towel
- Personal items to make your room more home-like (pictures, stuffed animal, etc.)
Is there a set time period on how long I can stay at the Atlanta Hope Lodge?
No, there is no time limit. As long as you are receiving treatment, you are welcome to remain at the lodge as our guests. Residents may remain at the Hope Lodge for an additional 24 hours following their last cancer treatment.
Does the Atlanta Hope Lodge have wireless capabilities?
Yes, the Atlanta Hope Lodge does have wireless access available to residents.
Are meals served?
No, guests are responsible for their own food and food preparation. However, through the generosity of many local community groups, churches and friends of the Hope Lodge dinners are provided on average once or twice during the week for guests and caregivers.
Is there a charge to stay at the Lodge?
No. Staying at the Atlanta Hope Lodge does not cost anything.
How do I handle house cleaning?
Cleaning supplies are furnished. Residents are responsible for cleaning up after themselves in all areas of the Atlanta Hope Lodge.
Are there laundry facilities?
Yes. Laundry rooms are located on all four floors. Residents are responsible for all personal laundry, including towels and bedding (which are provided).
Are there social activities at the Atlanta Hope Lodge?
Yes, the Atlanta Hope Lodge does have various social activities during the week. For example, there may be yoga classes, dance classes, bingo, cooking classes, holiday events and dinners sponsored by generous civic organizations.
How many people can stay in a room?
Two people can stay in a room: the patient and the caregiver.
Are children allowed?
Residents of the Atlanta Hope Lodge must be at least 18 years of age. Visitors 16 and older are welcome with Manager’s permission.
Is transportation available?
Yes. Shuttle transportation is provided to various area treatment locations.
What should I bring (toilet paper, paper towels, linens, etc.)?
You should bring any personal belongings that will make your room feel more like home. The Atlanta Hope Lodge provides cleaning supplies, bath towels, hand towels, washcloths and bedding in every room.
What are the hours of operation?
The Hope Lodge hours of operation are from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily.
Can residents eat in the rooms?
No. Food and beverages are not allowed in individual rooms.
Is there a telephone in the room with voice mail?
Yes, there is a telephone with voice mail in every room.
The Atlanta Hope Lodge offers free transportation to and from treatment with two mini-vans on site, free laundry facilities including High Efficiency detergent, and kitchen facilities with cookware, tableware, and utensils.
In addition to these practical services, the Atlanta Hope Lodge offers programs to help you learn how to manage the physical, emotional and practical challenges cancer brings.
The following are few examples of programs regularly held at the Atlanta Hope Lodge. Unless otherwise stated, all programs are open at no cost to all cancer patients, their families and friends, and to cancer survivors as well.
Look Good...Feel Better (for women only)
Learn how to overcome the physical side effects of cancer treatment. A professional cosmetologist will show you how to enhance your appearance with make-up lessons, skin care and wigs and scarves.
Caregiver Support Group (for caregivers only)
Led by a professional therapist, this group discusses many common issues. This is a safe environment for caregivers to share openly and receive encouragement to care for their loved one.
Men's Support Group
Each week we hold a support group for men hosted by the guests of the Hope Lodge. The group is a place where male cancer patients, survivors, or caregivers can get support from other men who understand what they are going through.
Yoga is a great way to renew the body, lower stress, and bring an inner calm and sense of well-being. It can also be an important aid to your body in its fight for recovery. Please wear comfortable clothing.
Volunteer groups regularly provide dinners for all Hope Lodge guests. Join us for good food, friendship, and fun.
We have one ceremony per week for all of the guests who will finish their cancer treatment that week. There is hope for a life with no cancer and we want to celebrate the beginning of it with you!
Winn Dixie Hope Lodge Highlights
Hope Lodge provides a home away from home for cancer survivors who must travel to receive their treatment. Each year, we provide thousands of nights of lodging to survivors and their caregivers. Thanks to the generosity of our volunteers and donors, we are able to offer this service to our guests at no cost. 2011 was a phenomenal year for Hope Lodge. This report highlights our successes and the high quality services we provided to the communities we serve.
Hope Lodge Reunion
The 14th Annual Winn Dixie Hope Lodge Reunion Celebration
Each year, the Atlanta Hope Lodge celebrates our cancer survivors and caregivers. This is the time to reconnect with your Hope Lodge Family and friends. This year's reunion is May 5, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Open House format. Please RSVP with Assistant Manager no later than March 31 if you plan to attend.