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West Jefferson Hospital Foundation Care House

Housing for families of patients at your hospital

The Care House is made available to benefit families whose loved ones are being cared for in the critical care nursing units at West Jefferson Medical Center (West Jefferson). It gives them a comfortable place to stay for free near the hospital while they wait for their loved ones to recover.

The Care House opened in July 2010 and was named “The Care House - The Silva Lining." Named it in loving memory of Mr. Carlos "Chas" Silva and Mr. and Mrs. Christian "Whitey" Schulingkamp by Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Silva, to date, more than 4,000 nights of complimentary lodging in the Care House have been provided to patients' loved ones.

The facility

The 3-bedroom Care House is located just a block from the hospital. Priority is given to individuals whose loved ones have experienced an unexpected medical emergency and live at least 10 miles from the hospital. The House is fully furnished and equipped with many of the comforts of home.

Staying at the Care House

Conveniently located near West Jefferson, the Care House is for families whose loved ones are being treated in our critical care units.

Eligible families must meet the following criteria:

  • Loved one requires treatment for an undetermined amount of time
  • The medical condition warrants immediate family/significant other(s) support
  • Family/significant other(s) must live more than 10 miles from the hospital
  • Residents must be 18 or older to stay in the Care House

Qualified family members/significant other(s) who would like to stay at the House must qualify and complete and sign an application and agreement. Rooms are only available for qualifying registered guests on a nightly basis. An extension request must be submitted for any additional night(s). No one is allowed in the House or on the premises if they are not an approved and registered guest with an arm band attached.

Reserve a room

Check-in time is 3:00 PM and check-out time is 11:00 AM. Maximum occupancy is two people per room / one room per patient.

A security deposit of $50, payable by check or a valid credit card, is needed to book a room. The room is free of charge; however, property damage or property loss that occurs as a result of negligence will be charged to the applicant.

For reservations or more information regarding the West Jefferson Hospital Foundation Care House, please call Guest Services at 504.349.1134.

Funding for the Care House

The facility is supported by the West Jefferson Hospital Foundation and ongoing donations are accepted to support this short-stay lodging from individuals and/or corporations; they may be given as annual gifts, estate gifts, gifts of stock, an in honor or memory of honor a loved one. Gifts are considered tax deductible to the extent of the law. To make a contribution, please e-mail us at wjhfoundation@lcmchealth.org or call 504.349.6663.

Wish list

Please read the Care House Wish List for more information about items that would be useful donations for the Care House.