American Cancer Society Hope Lodge - Lexington
American Cancer Society - Lexington
1500 College Way
Lexington, KY 40502
Staying With Us
Hope Lodge serves the cancer patient population. One cancer patient and up to two adult caregivers per room are eligible to stay at Hope Lodge under the following conditions:
• Must sign a general release and waiver of liability form
• Must permanently reside 40 miles or more away from or have at least a one hour commute to their treatment facility
• Must be 18 years of age or older or have a caregiver who is 18 years or older
• Must be in active cancer treatment
• Must have a permanent home address
• Must be mobile
• Must be able to maintain the cleanliness of their room, kitchen/common areas or have a caregiver who is able to perform these duties
• Must provide written communication from a physician that they are free of communicable diseases
• Must be able to evacuate the building in case of emergency
• Must be able to care for themselves and prepare their meals or have a caregiver able to perform these tasks
• IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT ALL PATIENTS HAVE A CAREGIVER. Any patient staying without a caregiver must have a signed physician consent letter stating that the patient is mobile, able to stay alone and care for him/herself.
• Bone marrow transplant and 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 guests and their social workers and/or physician 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.
•Click here for a copy of our Referral Form
Individuals who meet these eligibility requirements will be welcomed regardless of race, creed, color, ethnic heritage, economic status or sexual orientation.
If you believe you are eligible to be a guest at the Hope Lodge, contact your physician and request that a Hope Lodge Patient Referral form be submitted to the Hope Lodge to make your reservation.
• If time permits, each guest will receive a reservation confirmation letter in the mail once their physician referral is received. This letter will outline your arrival and departure dates as well as general information about the Hope Lodge.
• Upon arrival at the Hope Lodge, push the door bell and you will be greeted by a volunteer or staff person.
• The volunteer or staff person will ask you to fill out an information form that will collect your contact information.
• You will then be presented with the registration agreement that will outline all of our rules and regulations that will make your stay as comfortable as possible. You and whoever is staying with you will be asked to sign this agreement.
• You will then be presented with a guest binder full of information about the Hope Lodge as well as services and programs in the community. The binder must be returned prior to your departure.
• The volunteer or staff person will provide you with a tour of the facility. If you have any questions during the tour, please feel free to ask your tour guide.
• At the end of the tour, you will receive your guest room and kitchen cabinet keys and front door entry card key.
We are committed to providing everything you need while a guest at the Hope Lodge. If there is something you need, please ask our staff and we will do our best to assist you. Here is a list of items you need to bring with you as well as some suggestions to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
• Food – Bring more non-perishable items than foods that need to be refrigerated. This will keep you from having to go to the store often and there is more room for non-perishable items since the refrigerators and freezers have limited space for each guest.
• Toiletries – Soap, shampoo, deodorants, shaving kit, make-up, tooth paste and brush, hair dryer, etc. Towels and wash cloths are provided by the Hope Lodge.
• Clothing – Each Hope Lodge has a laundry facility that is stocked with detergent. If you have sensitive skin or are allergic to certain detergents, consider bringing your own. Bed linens and pillows are provided by the Hope Lodge.
• Family Pictures – You are going to meet a lot of wonderful people, so why not show off your beautiful family? Also, these are great reminders of home.
• Special pillows and blankets – Every person has that one pillow and blanket they love that makes them feel warm inside.
• Games – The Hope Lodge has many games and puzzles, but if you have a favorite, bring it along.
• Movies – The Hope Lodge is equipped with a DVD and VCR player on each floor in the living rooms. Some guests also bring their own and add them to their televisions in their guest rooms.
• Books – The library in the Hope Lodge has hundreds of books for all guests to enjoy. If you have some favorites, bring them to enjoy and consider adding them to our library for others to enjoy.
• Calling Card or Cell Phone – Each guest room has a phone that is capable of receiving incoming calls and making local calls. If you need to make long distance calls, consider bringing a cell phone or a calling card.
• Lap Top Computer – The library has an Internet accessible computer for all guests to use, but if you are a student or need to conduct business on the Internet often, wireless Internet access is available in all guest rooms.
What time must I check in?
Guests must check in between 3:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Sunday thru Friday and 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. The front desk is closed following these times.
How many guests can stay in the guest rooms?
The patient as well as up to two caregivers may stay in the room. More than three people per guest room are not permitted.
May I have visitors?
Visitors are welcome and encouraged during your stay at the Hope Lodge. All visitors must sign in at the front desk and wear a visitor’s badge. Visitors are permitted 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily.
Can my child stay with me?
Children under the age of 18 are not permitted to stay in the facility unless they are the cancer patient. Children are welcome to visit during visiting hours.
How close is the Hope Lodge located to the hospital?
The Hope Lodge is conveniently located less than two miles from each cancer treatment facility and hospital in Lexington.
Is transportation available to the cancer treatment facilities?
Transportation is available daily from 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to all cancer treatment facilities. To take advantage of this service, please sign up daily at the front desk.
Is storage for my food available?
Each guest room has a designated lockable cabinet in the kitchen storage area as well as designated refrigerator and freezer storage bins. Food must be stored, cooked and consumer in the first floor kitchen and dining room area.
May I receive mail or packages at the Hope Lodge?
All guests of the Hope Lodge are welcome to receive mail and packages. Our mailing address is:
1500 College Way
Lexington, KY 40502
Guests may also place outgoing mail at the front desk and it will be provided to the mail carrier.
Are there phones in the guest rooms?
There is a phone in each guest room that allows local calls. Each guest room also has a phone number, which will be provided to the guest at check in. Feel free to provide your guest room phone number to your family and friends. If you need to make long distance calls, please bring a phone card or a cell phone to do so.
Can my family stay at the Hope Lodge if I am in the hospital?
If a guest at the Hope Lodge is hospitalized during their stay, the family may occupy the room up to ten days. After that, they must leave so another patient can stay in the room. The Hope Lodge is reserved for patients undergoing outpatient cancer treatment only. In rare cases and when space allows, staff may use their discretion to make exceptions to the eligibility criteria.
In addition to the practical services we offer such as the fully stocked laundry and kitchen facilities, we offer several programs that help manage the physical, emotional and practical challenges that cancer brings. The following are some of the programs regularly held in the Hope Lodge in Lexington. Unless otherwise stated, all programs are open at no cost to all cancer patients as well as their families and friends.
Look Good...Feel Better (Female Cancer Patients Only)
The Look Good...Feel Better program is a service that teaches female cancer patients beauty techniques to help restore their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Women learn about makeup techniques, skincare, nail care, and options related to hair loss such as wigs, turbans, and scarves. Each group program participant receives a free kit of cosmetics for use during and after the workshop. This program is coordinated monthly at the Hope Lodge.
I Can Cope
I Can Cope is an educational program for people facing cancer—either personally, or as a friend or family caregiver. I Can Cope classes help dispel cancer myths by presenting straightforward facts and answers to your cancer-related questions about:
- Diagnosis and treatment
- Side effects of treatment
- Emotions and self-esteem
- Cancer and intimacy
- Communication skills
- Community resources
- Financial concerns
- Pain management
I Can Cope program sessions are held monthly at the Hope Lodge.
Free transportation is provided every day from 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to all cancer treatment facilities.
Community Hosted Dinners
Several community organizations provide dinner to Hope Lodge guests regularly. Student organizations, churches, businesses and other volunteers coordinate these special events weekly. This is an excellent time for guests to meet and bond with each other.
Entertainment and Activities
Volunteers coordinate an array of different activities and entertainment for guests to enjoy. Activities include games, movies, singing, music and so much more.
Cancer Resource Center
At the neighboring American Cancer Society Volunteer Center, guests will find a Cancer Resource Center stocked with valuable information about cancer as well as gift items such as wigs and prosthesis for cancer patients.