What is the Family Program?
This program offsets the costs for patients and families who have little, if anything, to contribute, toward their lodging at Kathy’s House. Funding for the Family Program for Patients and Caregivers supports economically disadvantaged families. More than a third of our guests report incomes under $30,000 per year. 10 percent of guests are unable to make a donation for the cost of staying at Kathy’s House.
How You Can Help Patients Access Healthcare
The Family Program ensures all families facing a medical crisis, including those in financial hardship, can access needed health care and stay together during a medical crisis. More families are utilizing Milwaukee area hospitals to access medical care. Many patients need the advanced cancer care provided at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin. For many families, the costs associated with staying in even a moderately-priced hotel (approximately $100 per night) is out of reach. As reported on surveys, 40 percent of our patient guests would not have been able to access the care they need without Kathy’s House. Many of our guests—prior to being referred to Kathy’s House—had been sleeping in their cars, in the homes of loved ones, or sharing their loved one’s hospital rooms because they could not afford lodging.
Cost of Staying at Kathy’s House
Our average nightly donation is just $30. The generosity of donors in our community who support our Family Program for Patients and Caregivers means that the remainder of the $90 per night cost incurred for each room can be fulfilled.
Average Length of Stay and Cost
Often times, the medical treatment a guest experiences becomes a financial burden for their family. For a guest undergoing a prolonged treatment such as a bone marrow transplant, the patient will typically be in the hospital for 2-4 weeks followed by 90 days of outpatient care. The cost for a family to stay in a hotel in the Milwaukee area for this time period could easily exceed $10,000.
Family Program for Patients and Caregivers
$550 to Sponsor A Family (cost to sponsor a family for our average 10-day length of stay)
$1,500 to help 1 Family for a month of lodging
$5,000 to support 90 nights of lodging for patients and families
$10,000 to support every family in each of our 18 rooms for an average length of stay
$50,000 supports 90 families for an average length of stay
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