A hospital stay is never an easy time, but Durham isn't the City of Medicine just because of its world-class hospitals. It's also because Durham is home to a number of support organizations that work to reduce the stress and difficulties patients and their families are facing. These groups offer a number of services to aid you while you're in Durham. Eligibility for services may require a medical referral or advanced arrangements; contact each organization directly to learn more.
The Ronald McDonald House of Durham runs two programs to aid families whose children are receiving medical care here. The house itself is used to provide a place to stay for families who must travel to Durham with their critically ill children. The nonprofit also has a program in the pediatric department at Duke Medical Center. Called the Ronald McDonald Family Room, it provides families with a living room to relax in, a kitchenette with food, showers, laundry services, and more.
MedStay is an organization whose mission is to help families and patients find hotels without the stress of shopping around. Tell them your needs - whether that's a hotel with shuttle services, a pet-friendly property, or other amenities - and they will book a room for you at a hotel near Duke University Hospital, the VA Hospital, Durham Regional, or the North Carolina Specialty Hospital, while searching out the lowest rates possible. The service is free of charge.
Caring House is a nonprofit offering affordable housing for cancer patients at the Duke Cancer Institute. Their rooms include private baths, phone, television, and DVD players, as well as a common area complete with kitchen, dining room, laundry facilities, a library, and a number of gardens.
Host Homes is a program at Duke Medical Center that provides out-of-town patients' families with a place to stay in a private home within a few miles of the hospital. The program's staff personally audits each home, ensuring that they include a private place to rest and a caring, friendly family.
The Cornucopia Cancer Support Center works to improve the quality of life for cancer patients. They do so through a number of programs and services, including support groups and one-on-one peer meetups, meal delivery, providing gas cards, yoga classes, educational workshops, and more.