American Cancer Society Winn-Dixie Hope Lodge—Gainesville
121 S.W. 16th Street
Gainesville, FL 32608-1417
Staying With Us
To stay at the Hope Lodge, patients must be undergoing active, daily, out-patient treatment at a Gainesville area cancer treatment center and be independent and be able to meet personal and nutritional needs, manage housekeeping, laundry and cooking needs or have a full time adult companion to assist in their care. Patients must require a minimum of three nights lodging.
Full time companions are required for patients who are confined to a wheelchair, have a history of brain or head tumors, have a history of seizures or at staff's discretion.
Every potential Hope Lodge resident must come to the Lodge to register and tour the facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Patients do not need to make an appointment nor have a firm starting date. Patients should call the Hope Lodge once a start date is determined and the patients name will be placed on our waiting list.
Patients should call the Hope Lodge the business day before the start date between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to confirm move-in and orientation date and time. Orientation is held for new residents and caregivers at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. the first day of residency.
Guests must bring food and drinks (storage space is available in the community kitchen area), medication and a non-skid bath mat. Guests may also want to bring personal TVs and DVD players, reading lamps, comfort items like personal linens, blankets, hobby supplies or laptops (bring a standard data cable for internet hook-up). For extended stays, residents are also encouraged to have mail forwarded to the Hope Lodge.
The American Cancer Society's Winn-Dixie Hope Lodge is a short-term residential facility designed to offer housing and support free of charge to any cancer patient who travels to the Gainesville area for treatment. The Hope Lodge is not a treatment facility and does not provide medical care.
Hope Lodge Provides:
- Free use of a suite and all facilities including a fully equipped kitchen, laundry area, libraries and television lounges.
- Bedding, linens and cleaning supplies, including vacuums.
- Food, clothing, medications, personal hygiene items and a non-skid bathtub mat.
Patient May Bring:
- Extra comfort items such as a computer with Ethernet or data cord to access our T-1 line, personal television with antenna, DVD and/or VHS players, hobby and entertainment items.
- Favorite brands of products such as toilet tissue, cleaning supplies or detergent.
Hope Lodge Does Not:
- Allow use of tobacco products, alcoholic beverages or non-prescription controlled substances on American Cancer Society property.
- Provide any medical service, nursing care, maid service or companions.
- House anyone with a contagious disease.
- House patients who are not in active treatment including those having diagnostic procedures, pretreatment evaluations, simulations, appointments or during hospitalizations for surgery.
- House family of non-resident patients during hospital stays.
Visitors 18 and older are welcome from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm. Visitors who are 17 and younger may visit on the grounds in the picnic area, patio or gardens.
The Winn-Dixie Hope Lodge offers many activities throughout the week. Contact the Hope Lodge prior to your visit to determine what activities are scheduled during your stay.
What is the Hope Lodge?
The American Cancer Society's Winn-Dixie Hope Lodge is a short-term residential facility that offers housing and support free of charge to any cancer patient traveling to the Gainesville area for treatment.
How much does it cost to stay at the Hope Lodge?
The Hope Lodge is offered free of charge to patients undergoing treatment.
How do I reserve a stay at the Hope Lodge?
The Hope Lodge is a self-refer facility. Potential guests must register in person weekdays between 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Is the Hope Lodge a hospital?
No, the Hope Lodge is not a hospital and does not provide medical services. The Hope Lodge is conveniently located near Shands at the University of Florida, Shands AGH, North Florida Regional Medical Center, Community Cancer Center of North Florida and the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center.
Transportation to Shands facilities is provided by Shands shuttles. Transportation to other treatment centers must be arranged by the patient or caregiver.
Do I need a caregiver?
Full time adult caregivers are required for patients who may have trouble caring for themselves, are confined to a wheelchair, have or have had a brain tumor or are younger than 17.Guests must bring food and drinks (storage space is available in the community kitchen area), medication and a non-skid bath mat. Guests may also want to bring personal TVs and DVD players, reading lamps, comfort items like personal linens, blankets, hobby supplies or laptops (bring a standard data cable for internet hook-up). For extended stays, residents are also encouraged to have mail forwarded to the Hope Lodge.