Sometimes, mesothelioma and other cancer patients must travel to another city or state to undergo treatment. Travel itself is prohibitively expensive, and you must pay for local accommodations to house you and your caregivers. These costs can quickly add up and deplete your savings.
Money is tight for most mesothelioma-impacted families, especially if they have not yet received financial compensation. The lodging resources below can help you save money and ease your concerns while undergoing treatment.
The Hope Lodge program
The American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge program provides free lodging to cancer patients 18 or older undergoing treatment away from home. The patient must be accompanied by a caregiver or able to care for themselves. There are currently 31 Hope Lodges across the nation.
The Bone Marrow and Cancer Foundation
The Foundation (along with the Cancer Support Community) has a partnership with the Airbnb Open Homes for Medical Stays program. Together, these three organizations provide temporary lodging to patients receiving treatment for any type of cancer at no cost. Family members, stem cell donors and caregivers of the cancer patient are also welcome in these lodgings.
The Hotel Partners Program
An accompaniment to its Hope Lodge program, the American Cancer Society partners with hotels across the country. When space is available, partnering hotels provide free overnight accommodations to patients undergoing outpatient cancer treatments.
These programs may help you with temporary accommodations even if you are not receiving compensation for your condition. If you have yet to file a mesothelioma claim against those who caused your harm, consider seeking guidance. A legal advocate can strengthen your claim, giving you peace of mind about the future.