AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center—
Staying With Us
In order to qualify, patients should:
- Must be at least 18 years of age
- Be in active outpatient cancer treatment with standard accepted protocols
- Have an actual or projected start and end date for their treatment
- Permanently reside 40 miles or more away from their treatment center
- Need lodging for a minimum stay of 3 consecutive nights and 3 days of treatment center appointments per week
- Be able navigate the facility and evacuate the building in case of an emergency
- Must be free of communicable diseases and determined to be noninfectious
- Transplant and brain cancer patients are required to have a caregiver
- Caregivers must be able to care for patient. This includes preparing meals and cleaning, helping patient get to and from treatment, assisting in evacuation from the premise in case of emergency, and securing medical assistance in case of emergency
All patients and caregivers must sign liability release and policy/rules forms upon arrival. Residency at Hope Lodge is a courtesy extended at the sole discretion of the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge.
To stay at the Hope Lodge, you must be referred by a Social Worker or Resource Specialist at the treating facility. A referral is not a guarantee of accommodations. Once the referral form is received at the Hope Lodge, the potential guest will be contacted by phone regarding their status.
What is provided..
- Sheets and Blankets
- Bath Towels
- Laundry Facilities
- Cleaning Supplies
- Full Kitchen Amenities
What to bring…
- Food (kitchen space is provided for perishable and non-perishable items)
- Personal Items (Toiletries, Hair Dryer, Etc.)
- Personal items, such as pictures or mementos to make your room feel like home
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a limit on how long I can stay at the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center in Boston?
Generally speaking, you can stay at the Lodge until your treatment ends, and plan on leaving 24 hours after your last treatment. There is a three-month maximum stay, however. Note that the Lodge requires a three-day minimum stay with at least three visits to your treatment center per week.
Does the Lodge have wireless capabilities?
Yes, we have both wireless and computer stations throughout the Lodge.
Are meals served?
Yes and no. Thanks to generous volunteers, dinners will sometimes be provided for residents. However, for all other meals, residents are responsible for purchasing their own food and preparing their own meals. Many guests like to cook with others and coordination of meals happens periodically.
Is there a charge to stay at the Lodge?
No. Staying at the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center in Boston does not cost anything.
How do I handle house cleaning?
Guests are responsible for the cleanliness of their rooms while staying at the Lodge, however professional cleaners clean each room in between stays.
Are there laundry facilities?
Yes, we do have a laundry room. Residents are responsible for all personal laundry, including towels and bedding (which are provided).
How many people can stay in a room?
Two people can stay in a room: the patient and the caregiver.
Is transportation available?
Yes. Free shuttle transportation is provided to various area treatment locations through the Society’s Road to Recovery volunteers Monday through Thursday 8 AM-4 PM and Friday 8 AM-12 PM, excluding holidays. Note that these hours occasionally change due to unexpected circumstances, so always plan on having alternative transportation arrangements. The Lodge is located directly across the street from public transportation that takes you directly to many of our local treatment centers, many of which are a 10-minute cab ride away.
What should I bring?
You should bring any personal belongings that will make your room feel more like home. We will provide cleaning supplies, and bath towels, hand towels, washcloths, and bedding in every room.
Can residents eat in their 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 AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center in Boston offers free housing, free transportation to and from area treatment centers, free laundry facilities including soap, and kitchen facilities where you can prepare meals.
In addition to these practical services, the Lodge provides American Cancer Society reference materials and programs through the on-site Community Resource Center to help guests learn how to manage the physical, emotional, and practical challenges cancer brings.
Below is a list of programs regularly held. Unless otherwise stated, all programs are open - at no cost - to all cancer patients, their families and friends, and cancer survivors.
Look Good...Feel Better (for women only)
Learn how to overcome the physical side effects of cancer treatment. A professional cosmetologist will show you on how to enhance your appearance with make-up lessons, skin care, and wigs and scarves.
Volunteer groups regularly provide dinners for all Hope Lodge guests, as they do in our other two Lodges in New England. They provide good food, friendship, and fun.
News and Events
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.