Lois McClure-Bee Tabakin Building—
Staying With Us
Residency at a Hope Lodge facility is a courtesy extended at the sole discretion of American Cancer Society Hope Lodge staff. Such courtesy may be withdrawn or a room change may occur without notice should circumstances so warrant.
All individuals who meet the Hope Lodge eligibility requirements will be welcomed regardless of race, creed, citizenship, disability, gender, color, ethnicity, heritage, veteran status, economic status, or sexual orientation.
Hope Lodge will provide upon request and when available, accessible guest rooms on an accessible route connecting the facility’s accessible entrances, accessible bathrooms, and common areas to guests who use wheelchairs, walkers, or have mobility disabilities.
No pets/animals are allowed inside the Hope Lodge facility, except for service animals.
Patients and caregivers must be 18 years of age or older.
Hope Lodge facilities will be available to qualified guests for a maximum of three months during any given treatment cycle unless it is determined through reevaluation by the director, with input from the referring healthcare professional, that a longer stay is warranted.
If a patient is admitted to the hospital during their stay at the facility, the guest's room will be held for up to three days.
Patients and caregivers may be admitted no sooner than one day prior to treatment initiation and must vacate the Hope Lodge facility no later than 24 hours following completion of treatment.
Patients and/or caregivers should understand (defined as 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 or she be accompanied by someone who understands English.
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 American Cancer Society further reserves the right to refuse admittance to anyone who currently has a civil protection order (“CPO”) pending against them.
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.
Each guest will receive a private room, which would accommodate him or her and only one adult caregiver at a time.
Every effort will be made to accommodate qualified guests, as space allows. The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge reserves the right to cancel a confirmed room referral at any time without any financial obligation to the guest(s).
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.
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.
It is strongly recommended that each patient bring a companion as a 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 does not require a caregiver’s assistance. Transplant and brain cancer patients are required to have a caregiver.
Patients with preapproval 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.
- Admission Process
To stay at the Hope Lodge, you must be referred by your physician or healthcare professional.
The Hope Lodge staff will coordinate with your healthcare 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.
Read About Our Criteria and Referral Process
If you have any questions about the admissions process, please call Angela Putnam, the Hope Lodge manager, at 802.658.0649, or email her at Angela.Putnam@cancer.org.
What To Bring
The Hope Lodge provides the essentials: towels, blankets, sheets, pillows, laundry detergent, etc.
However, to make the Hope Lodge more ‘home-like,’ many guests will bring the following items from home:
- Extra pillows
- Extra blanket
- Favorite towel
- Personal items to make your room more home-like (pictures, stuffed animal, etc.)
- Your food selections (refrigerator space and dry storage will be provided for each guest)
- Personal products (shampoo, razors, etc.)
The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, Lois McClure - Bee Tabakin Building offers a private room and bath, Internet access, free laundry facilities including detergent, kitchen facilities including some complimentary meals, and free transportation to and from treatment, provided by Fletcher Allen Health Care Security.
In addition to these practical services, the Lodge offers American Cancer Society programs to help you learn how to manage the physical, emotional, and practical challenges cancer brings.
The following are some of the programs regularly held at the Hope Lodge. 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 on how to enhance your appearance with make-up lessons, skin care, and wigs and scarves. Ask your Hope Lodge staff for details.
- Volunteer-hosted Dinners
Volunteer groups regularly provide dinners for all Hope Lodge guests. Join us for good food, friendship, and fun.
Please contact Hope Lodge staff for a program of support groups offered at this Hope Lodge, including a Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma support group and a caregiver luncheon.
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News & Events
Chittenden County Relay For Life
The Hope Lodge Relay For Life team is fighting for a world with less cancer. On June 17 -18, 2016, Lodge volunteers, staff, and family members will hit the track at the Champlain Exposition in Essex Junction to celebrate, remember, and fight back at the annual Relay For Life of Chittenden County. Friends of Hope Lodge have come together once again to form a team led by Susan Wear. Her team has raised nearly $20,000 in the past four years. To support or join the Hope Lodge Relay team, visit relayforlife.org/chittendenvt.
Get Ready to Do-Si-Do
Mark your calendars for the second annual Cattle Barron's Ball to benefit Hope Lodge in September at the Barn at Lang Farm in Essex, VT. Grab your partner and join us for an evening of gaming, dancing, entertainment, and dining. For more information, contact Angela Putnam.
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.