Washington DC VA Medical Center
Fisher House Lodging
Fisher House Lodging During the Era of COVID-19
The DC VA Medical Center’s Fisher House staff takes the threat of COVID-19 seriously. Fisher House has instituted new safety precautions and visitation protocols for Veterans and their family members.
If you have a loved one receiving medical or surgical treatment at our VA Medical Center and reside 50 miles or greater you may be eligible to lodge in our Fisher House. For referrals, please contact your assigned Primary Care Physician or Social Worker clinician. Further questions may be addressed by our Fisher House Management at 202-745-2482.
About the Fisher House
The Fisher House Program provides temporary accommodations to America’s military Veterans and Active Duty Service members’ families, Caregivers, and loved ones during a time of need when a Veteran is ill or injured.
The Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center’s Fisher House provides a “home away from home” that enables families to be together during extended treatment for serious illness or a lengthy rehabilitation.
Fisher Houses are built on the premise that “a family’s love is good medicine” and when a loved one is ill or injured, a Fisher House unites families and Caregivers and relieves the financial and emotional strain of being away from home. Fisher Houses offers a warm, compassionate environment and a sense of comfort while a loved one is undergoing medical treatment.
Who can stay at a Fisher House?
Fisher House guests must be family members, Caregivers, or loved ones of Active Duty or Veteran inpatients, or those receiving extended outpatient treatments. Individuals who wish to stay at a Fisher House should contact the Veteran’s Social Worker, or VA Primary Care Physician for lodging assistance. Referrals can be made in advance or on the same day accommodations are required.
Please note, the referral does not guarantee a reservation. Spaces are limited and we strongly recommend you check the availability of Fisher House lodging by calling 202-745-2482 prior to your arrival.
What are the criteria to stay at the Fisher House?
In general, family members, Caregivers, or loved ones of a hospitalized Veteran or Servicemember who live 50 miles or more from the Medical Center can stay at the Fisher House. Guests must be able to independently care for themselves or be accompanied by a Caregiver. All guests are expected to abide the VA Fisher House Guest agreement guidelines.
Does it cost anything to stay at a Fisher House?
There is no cost to stay at a VA Fisher House. Fisher Houses operate from donated funding provided to support the program. The DC VAMC Fisher House is beautifully decorated, has 20 private bedrooms suites with in-room telephone and TV/DVD player. The house boasts beautiful common areas including: a kitchen, dining room, a family and living room, a common laundry facility, an outdoor pavilion and private guest parking lot.
What do families do about meals during their stay?
The Fisher House has a well-equipped kitchen for families and Caregivers to use during their stay. There are no structured daily meals provided in the Fisher House. Some food items are donated by the community, but most guests bring their own food to prepare. The medical center next door to Fisher House has a coffee & snack shop in the Atrium and a cafeteria and small store in the basement.