Who is eligible to stay at Fisher House?
We are here to serve our active duty, veterans, retirees and their Families while actively receiving medical treatment at the Naval Medical Center San Diego and other local medical facilities. Families must have no local accommodations within 40 miles of the treatment facility in order to be eligible for a room. However, every situation is looked at individually and many aspects are considered before the manager approves a stay.
What is a Fisher House?
Fisher Houses are comfort homes, built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times – during their hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury. Click HERE to read about our history.
What does it cost to stay?
Due to a generous donation provided by the Fisher House Foundation there is no cost to stay at Fisher House at this time.
How long can I stay at Fisher House?
As long as your patient is receiving inpatient or eligible outpatient care or 30 days, whichever comes first. Families that know in advance they will need longer than 30 days should contact the manager to discuss the situation.
Can I stay at Fisher House if I am receiving outpatient care?
While first priority is given to those needing to be bedside, lodging for outpatients can be arranged based on situation and house occupancy. Outpatients that require Home Health Nursing, Wound V.A.C. Therapy Units, Clostridium difficile (C- Diff.), Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) , Total parenteral nutrition (TPN), Running intravenous fluid drip (IV’s) cannot stay at Fisher House. Please call the house manager to discuss options.
How do I make a reservation?
Reservations are not accepted at Fisher House. A referral should be coordinated through the patient's case manager, social worker or medical team. Self-referrals will not be accepted, however please feel free to contact the house manager to discuss your situation and check house availability. Once the referral is sent to Fisher House you will be contacted regarding availability. Rooms are not given on a first come first serve basis, but based on medical priority. Due to high occupancy the soonest we are able to contact you regarding availability is 48 hours in advance of arrival. Alternate lodging arrangements that can be cancelled within a 24 hour window should be made. Please feel free to contact the house manager if you have questions about local lodging. For those with a military ID there are numerous on base lodging options within a few miles of the hospital.
Do I have to be inpatient at Naval Medical Center San Diego for my family to stay at Fisher House?
No. We serve the families of inpatient family members regardless of which area hospital the patient may be in. For those without military ID extra steps will need to be taken to secure base access, so if possible we recommend submitting your referral for lodging as soon as you know you may be traveling to San Diego so we can begin the process.
Will Fisher House provide my meals?
We do not provide regular meals for the families of San Diego Fisher House. We are very fortunate to have many groups and organizations that will provide meals and fill our pantries on semi-regular basis, however you should purchase your own groceries for your day to day meals. Refrigerator, freezer and cupboard space is provided but shared with 9 families so please keep that in mind when shopping.
Are there rules at Fisher House?
Yes. Because Fisher House is a communal living environment policies and practices have been developed to ensure the health and well being of both the families and the house. Upon arrival each family will be given a packet containing information about the house. In addition there will also be an orientation give by a member of the staff to familiarize you with the house and answer any questions you may have. Failure to adhere to the policies set in place can result in the termination of a stay.
Are pets allowed at Fisher House?
No. For health reasons, and because we have a communal living arrangement, we cannot allow any animals on the Fisher House grounds. If you need to bring your pets with you, please make arrangements with one of the many boarding facilities in the area prior to your arrival. However, per the law, we do allow service animals. Per the Department of Justice under the American with Disabilities Act a service animal is defined as "dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person's disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA."
Can I volunteer on evenings or weekends?
We try our best to not schedule events outside of normal working hours. Families share the house with staff and visitors throughout the week, so the evenings and weekends are their time to have the house to themselves, their patients and their families.
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Do you have any volunteer opportunities?
San Diego Fisher Houses rely on volunteers on several levels. Please visit out VOLUNTEER page for more information.