American Cancer Society Hope Lodge—
Staying With Us
Patients must permanently reside 40 miles or more away from or have at least a one-hour commute to their treatment facility. Transplant patients must reside 30 minutes or more away.
- Over 18 years of age
- Have a permanent residence and will the Hope Lodge upon my arrival with a copy of my 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 I 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
Patients and/or caregivers should have a basic understanding of the language that will enable them to read and follow safety, facility, and operational instructions. If a guest does not understand English, it is recommended that he/she be accompanied by someone who does.
Patients must be in active cancer treatment with standard accepted protocols. Patients must have a projected end date for their treatment. Patients receiving radioactive treatment, including Bexxar therapy, must adhere to guidelines set forth by the American Cancer Society.
Guests must indicate that they are not displaying the following symptoms and are free from the following infectious or communicable diseases: upper respiratory infection, runny nose/fever or sneezing due to colds, viral rashes/skin rashes, open or draining wounds, active tuberculosis, active influenza, active measles, active rubella, active mumps, chicken pox, typhoid carriers, VRE carriers, MRSA, wet shingles (dry admissible). Guests with HIV/AIDS are admissible.
A referral does not guarantee a reservation at a Hope Lodge facility. Every effort will be made to accommodate qualified guests, as space allows. The Society Hope Lodge reserves the right to cancel a confirmed room referral at any time without financial obligation to the guest(s).
Each guest will receive a private room, which will accommodate him/her and only ONE adult caregiver at a time. It is strongly recommended that each patient bring a companion or caregiver. Any patient staying without a caregiver must provide advance notice to the Hope Lodge. Hope Lodge reserves the right to require such patient to provide a letter from a health care professional stating that the patient doesn't require a caregiver's assistance. Transplant and brain cancer patients are required to have a caregiver. Patients with pre-approval to stay without a caregiver must be able to secure emergency assistance and manage all other aspects of self-care while at the Hope Lodge facility, including but not limited to loading/unloading vehicles, getting onto/off the shuttle, cooking, cleaning, and having the social skills necessary for living in a communal environment.
Caregivers must be able to secure medical assistance for the patient in case of emergency and manage all other aspects of caring for the patient while at the Hope Lodge facility, including, but not limited to loading/unloading their vehicle, escorting the patient onto/off the shuttle, cooking, cleaning, and having the social skills necessary for living in a communal environment.
Other critical eligibility items to note:
No patient or caregiver convicted of a sexual offense is allowed at Hope Lodge.
The American Cancer Society reserves the right to refuse admittance of anyone who is either currently on probation or parole or has ever been convicted of any of the following:
- A crime of violence
- A crime of theft
- A crime of domestic violence
- A crime against a child
- A crime involving illegal drugs
In addition, the Society further reserves the right to refuse admittance to anyone who currently has civil protection order ("CPO") pending against them.
To stay at Hope Lodge, you must be referred by your physician or health care professional. The Hope Lodge staff will coordinate with your health care professional to put 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. To be added to the waiting list, please have your health care professional complete the attached referral form.
What to Bring
The Hope Lodge provides the essentials: towels, blanket, sheets, pillows, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, etc. However, to make the Hope Lodge more "homey," many guests will bring the following items from home:
- Extra pillows
- Favorite towels
- Personal items to make your room more homey (pictures, stuffed animals, etc.)
- Your food selections (refrigerator space and dry storage will be provided for each guest)
- Personal products (shampoo, razors, etc.)
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a set time period on how long I can stay at the Baltimore 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 Baltimore Hope Lodge have wireless capabilities?
Yes, the Baltimore Hope Lodge does have limited 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 Baltimore 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 Baltimore Hope Lodge.
Are there laundry facilities?
Yes. Laundry rooms are located on all three floors. Residents are responsible for all personal laundry, including towels and bedding (which are provided).
Are there social activities at the Baltimore Hope Lodge?
Yes, the Baltimore 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 Baltimore Hope Lodge must be at least 18 years of age. Visitors 15 and older are welcome with the 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 Baltimore 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.
Following are some of the programs regularly held at the American Cancer Society Baltimore Hope Lodge. Unless otherwise stated, all programs are open at no cost to all cancer patients and their caregivers.
Look Good...Feel Better
For women only, learn how to overcome the physical side effects of cancer treatments. A professional cosmetologist will show you how to enhance your appearance with make-up lessons, skin care, wigs and scarves.
Caregiver Support Groups
This group is for caregivers only. Led by a health care professional for caregivers to openly discuss concerns and receive encouragement to care for their loved one.
News & Events/Reunions
Hope Lodge 25 Year Celebration
Hope Lodge invites you and your family to join us for an Hope Lodge Open House 25-Year Celebration on Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 12 to 4 p.m. Join us as we rekindle friendships, reveal our recent renovations and thank our distinguished sponsors. For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Hope Lodge at 410-547-2522.
Baltimore 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.
John Steadman Tournament of Hope
The John Steadman tournament brings together the Greater Baltimore corporate community for a wonderful day of fun, fellowship, and fundraising for Hope Lodge.
When: Monday, October 08, 2012
Contact: Mya Van Arsdale, (410) 933-5172
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.