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Aspirus Family House

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    • Aspirus Family House

      2801 Westhill Drive
      Wausau, WI 54401

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    Hours

    • Check-In
      Daily
      Noon - 2 pm
      Visiting Hours
      Weekdays
      9 am - 7 pm
      Weekends
      10am - 4 pm

Our 10-bedroom home offers lodging to patients and families who must travel to Wausau for specialty care or have a loved one in medical crisis and need help with a safe, affordable, healing place to stay.

Guests are referred by Aspirus medical personnel and admission is based on criteria and house availability.

Family house will serve:

  • Patients who receive daily treatment for multiple weeks or months and need to travel a distance.
  • Family members who must travel a distance to be with a loved one who is hospitalized.
  • People who have a scheduled medical appointment early or late in the day and same-day travel would be difficult.

Aspirus Family house is supported by generous donations. We ask that guests consider a donation of $35 a night. The application process for a prospective guests starts with a referral from a health care professional.

We hope this home away from home brings you comfort and healing.

Frequently asked questions

MAKE A GIFT

You can help keep the lights on and the doors open for guests who stay at Aspirus Family House by supporting costs that are essential to making this house a home.

$35 - Supports a family for one night
$105 - Supports a family for three nights
$245 - Supports a family for one week
____ - Other amount

Your tax-deductible gift will support vulnerable patients and families who need assistance with housing during a difficult time in their lives.

To learn more about how you can give, please contact Aspirus Health Foundation and Volunteer Services at 715-847-2470.

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WISH LIST

If you would like to help keep the family house stocked with basic necessities,  view our Wish List to learn what supplies are needed for cleanliness and standards of care. Thank you for giving items to make our guests feel welcome and cared for.

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VOLUNTEER

Would you like to assist Aspirus Family House staff by always being a positive, smiling and helpful representative of Aspirus to patients and families as they come and go? Opportunities are available to volunteer at the welcome desk and general house services.

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Frequently asked questions

What is a Family House?

The Family House at Aspirus is a safe, affordable, temporary home away from home for patients traveling to Wausau to receive critical medical care and families dealing with serious illnesses or medical crises of their loved ones. The Family House is different than a hotel in that patients and families will be referred from physicians, social workers, referral coordinators, and other team members at Aspirus and Aspirus Network based on need (financial, distance traveled, degree of illness, and duration of treatment, etc.). The Family House is served by dedicated staff in addition to volunteers and community groups to provide support for patients and families.

Why is a Family House needed?

Thousands of patients and families travel beyond 50 miles to receive inpatient care at Aspirus Wausau Hospital and for outpatient medical care at Aspirus and Aspirus Network. Many of these patients and families can afford housing and will support our 12 local hotel partners who have established reduced rates. However, our most vulnerable population of patients and families cannot afford housing even at reduced rates, so they will either forgo care, or they will sleep in their cars in parking lots, in waiting rooms, and in hospital rooms on cots like they, unfortunately, do today. These patients and families need our help with housing.

How Can Guests Stay at the Aspirus Family House?

A stay at the Aspirus Family House is based on need determined by providers and staff within the Aspirus Network. Guests are only accepted through a referral from Aspirus Network providers and/or staff members in Epic. A referral does not guarantee that a room at the Family House will be available. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Who Can Stay at the Aspirus Family House?

The Family House is intended for patients of all ages and their caregivers and family members traveling for long-term outpatient care, as well as families whose loved ones are hospitalized, and patients traveling a significant distance for early or late day appointments. Need for housing is based on financial need, the distance a patient/guest are traveling beyond 50 miles, and the length of time that outpatient treatment is needed.

What is Needed for Guest Identification?

Guests will be required to provide a photo identification card, such as a driver’s license, and a copy will be kept on file at the Family House for security and safety purposes.

When Do Guests Check In?

Check-in is between noon and 2:00 p.m. Sunday through Saturday (seven days a week). If guests are arriving outside of check-in hours, please contact the Aspirus Family House staff to make other arrangements. 715.847.2548

How long Can Guests Stay?

Guests can stay as long as active medical treatment is being provided that requires the patient to stay near the hospital or clinic.

What is the cost of the Room?

The Aspirus Family House relies on donations and the generosity of community members to help cover the true costs of operating the family house.

A donation of $35 per night, per room is suggested. The Family House staff will accept your donation at the time of registration upon your arrival. We work with all guests to accommodate their financial situations, and no one will be turned away due to financial ability.

Is there a maid service?

The Family House is designed to be a home away from home, so maid service is not provided. Linens and towels will be provided for guests to use. Guests are asked to clean their own rooms and do their own laundry. Cleaning supplies and laundry detergent are provided for guests at no cost.

How many rooms May Guests Have?

One room is allowed per guest or family. Each room has two queen beds designed to house up to 4 guests per room.

Is the House Handicap Accessible?

Yes, all rooms are located on main level.

What is Provided in Each Room?

Guest rooms feature two queen beds with a private bathroom, chair or couch, dresser, television, sheets, blankets, towels, alarm clock, flashlight, hangers, luggage rack, hamper, and cleaning supplies.

Upon request certain rooms have medical refrigerators. A Pack & Play, Wheelchair, and sharps containers, and a DVD Player are also available.

Where is the Aspirus Family House?

The house is conveniently located across the street from Aspirus Wausau Hospital on the corner of Westhill Drive and 28th Avenue.

2801 Westhill Drive, Wausau, WI. 54401

What services are provided?

The common areas of the Family House feature a beautiful lobby area, fully equipped kitchen, dining room, family room, wellness/exercise room, library, Wi-Fi, DVD player and free laundry facilities. A shuttle is available to provide transportation to and from the hospital and clinics on the Aspirus medical campus during weekday business hours.

What Does the Family House Supply?

We supply everything you’ll need to make the Family House your “home away from home” including linens, towels, alarm clock and cleaning supplies.

There is a free laundry facility with detergent supplied for guests.

In the kitchen, pots, pans, and utensils are provided for food preparation. Guests are provided with their own locked cabinet space along with designated freezer and refrigerator space for their groceries. Guests should bring their own food, and several local grocery and convenience stores are located near the Family House.

Are Pets Allowed?

Pets are not allowed. Certified service dogs to accommodate the disability of a guest at the Family House are allowed with advance approval. Guests are entirely responsible for meeting the service dogs needs while staying at the house.

Can Guests Have Visitors?

Yes, visitors are welcome at the Aspirus Family House. Visiting hours are between 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. weekdays, and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekends All guests are required to sign in and out in the lobby.

Are Children Welcome to Stay at the Family House?

Yes. Children are welcome. We are “child friendly, but not child proof.” We do require that children are up to date with their immunizations and that minors under the age of 18 years be accompanied by an adult at all times in the Family House.

Is Smoking Allowed?

There is no smoking inside or outside the Family House at any time. Aspirus is a smoke free campus.

Can Family Members Take Turns Staying at the House?

Yes, we allow guests to have one room with up to 4-guests per room. Family members staying at the Family House can be rotated by notifying a staff member of a change in guests.

Can Family and Friends Make a Donation to the Family House?

Yes, family members, friends, church groups, etc. can make a tax-deductible donation to the Family House to help support help patients and families who must travel to Wausau for specialty care or have a loved one in medical crisis and need help with a safe, affordable, healing place to stay.

$ 35 - Supports a family for one night
$105 - Supports a family for three nights
$245 - Supports a family for one week

There is also a Wish List of items needed to help keep the family house stocked with basic necessities.

You can make a gift online or by calling the Aspirus Health Foundation at 715-847-2470.

“To take the burden of travel or lodging off one’s shoulders during treatment is a blessing I cannot describe.”
‒ Cancer patient at Aspirus

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