How much temporary housing is required?
Pre-transplant accommodation when patients/caregivers are in town for appointments If you live out of town, before you have your lung transplant, you may need to come to Vancouver for tests and appointments. As this will only be for a night or two at a time, most patients and caregivers check into an Airbnb or Bed/Breakfast accommodation.
Temporary caregiver housing while the transplant recipient is recovering in hospital In the weeks after your loved one has had a lung transplant, the out-of-town patient caregiver will need to find temporary accommodation, while ultimately establishing a longer-term temporary housing arrangement for the ~three-month transplant recovery period in Vancouver.
Post-transplant ~3-month temporary housing for both transplant recipient and caregiver As lung transplant patients have no prior notice of their lung transplant date, planning is not possible for many coming into Vancouver from out-of-town.
What patient need must housing accommodate?
A patient recovering from a lung transplant and living with new lungs plus a suppressed immune system needs housing that will:
Where can one get help finding temporary housing?
The BC Lung Transplant Program Social Work Team can help
Find on this webpage a list of accommodation options:
CIBC Centre for Patients and Families
Note: On the far right side of the above webpage are several useful tip sheets. The list citing housing near VGH (Vancouver General Hospital) and GFS (GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre) is particularly useful.
We vetted the following temporary accommodation listings.
2875 and 2859 Manitoba Street, V5Y 3B3
Walk Time to VGH: Approximately 25 minutes
Rates: ~ $1,650 - $2,200 /month (Minimum 30-day stay)
One and two bedroom furnished apartments, with fully-equipped kitchens. Two apartments with dishwashers. Two bedrooms have in-suite washer/dryer. Includes access to washer/dryer, wireless Internet, telephone with answering machine, TV and separate entrances. Free limited parking.
Conferences and Accommodation at UBC
Phone: 604.822.1000 Toll free: 1.888.822.1030
Walking distance to UBC Hospital but must drive to VGH. Shared apartments, private studios and one-bedroom suites with fully-equipped kitchen. Includes Internet and breakfast.
Gage Apartment Suites
5959 Student Union Boulevard (UBC Campus), V6T 1K2
Rates: Available May – August (when students are not on campus) at a discounted rate of $99/night when staying longer than one month. Walking distance to UBC Hospital but must drive to VGH. There is a variety of room types. They all come equipped with a private kitchen and washroom. No stairs between the parking lot and building entrance. There are several ramps to access the building and front desk lobby.
West Coast Suites
5961 Student Union Boulevard (UBC Campus), V6T 2C9
Rates: Available year round. Discounted rate of $99/night when staying longer than one month. There have 47 deluxe one-bedroom hotel suites with king bed, pull out queen sofa bed, fully equipped kitchen and private washroom. Note: West Coast Suites have two stairs on the first floor but there is an elevator to access the second floor.
Easter Seals House
3981 Oak Street, V6H 4H5
Phone: 604.736.3475 Toll Free: 1-800-818-3666
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.lionsbc.ca
Rates: $68/night + $10 parking.
Walk Time to VGH: Approximately 20 minutes. Includes parking, TV and kitchenette. Extended or short stays for children and families who are in town for medical care.
Fairview Guest House
896 West 13th Avenue, V5Z 1P2
Phone: 604.873.0842 (Speak with Gene when you call)
Walk Time to VGH: Approximately 5 minutes. Includes parking, fully equipped kitchen, wireless Internet. Weekly and monthly rates. Some apartments suitable for lung transplant recipients.
Manor Guest House
345 West 13th Avenue, V5Y 1W2
Rates: $1,600/month (with a medical discount - $1,450/month)
Walk Time to VGH: Approximately 20 minutes. Fully-furnished suites and rooms. Shared guest kitchen but the website says there’s one that is self-contained. Laundry facilities for people staying one week and longer. Shared and private baths. Includes TV, wireless Internet, telephone and parking. Weekly and monthly rates.
935 West 10th Avenue, V5Z 1L9
Phone: 604.220.3756 (cell) 604.734.6880 (office)
Walk Time to VGH: Approximately one minute. Located across the street from VGH Emergency. They have three one-bedroom suites on the main floor accessible to lung transplant recipients. Suites have balconies and private entrances. Queen bed in bedroom and fold down sofa bed in living room. Full kitchen and balcony. Fully furnished. Includes kitchen, TV, wireless Internet and telephone. Coin laundry facilities available. Extended or short term stays.
Short Stay Suites
225 West King Edward Ave. (at Columbia Street)
Walk Time To VGH - Approximately 26 minutes. Walk Time to GF Strong approximately 15 minutes. There are three suites available on the same property. Only one of the suites accommodates two people. The suite that sleeps two people in a queen-sized bed is in the main house basement. There are five steps to go down to the private entrance. It rents for $1,900 per month. Photos available at https://garyfach.smugmug.com/Bacchus-Suite/.