Through the hard work and dedication of the Gainesville Fisher House Foundation and the efforts of the Veterans Services Committee of the Rotary Club of Gainesville and its members, there is a safe, comfortable and affordable housing for families of Veterans being treated at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center (Gainesville, Florida).
Information on the Gainesville Fisher House and History
Since July 7, 2014 the Gainesville Fisher House has been a beautiful home away from home for the families and caregivers of Veterans receiving inpatient care at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center. Located on the campus of the medical center, the Fisher House provides temporary lodging in a comfortable and relaxed setting, only steps away from the medical center. Veterans who are receiving care on an outpatient basis and have multiple appointments may also be eligible for housing for themselves and their loved ones at the Fisher House. All guests may stay at the Fisher House at no cost.
Fisher Houses are built through public donations and contributions from the (National) Fisher
House Foundation. VA assumes responsibility for operating costs of the finished homes.
The Gainesville Fisher House is approximately 15,000 square feet, 100 percent handicapped
accessible, fully furnished, and includes the following:
- 20 bedrooms and 21 ½ bathrooms
- Large kitchen that includes three subzero refrigerators, two double ovens, two cooktops, two microwave ovens, and two dishwashers
- Large communal dining room, living room and family room
- Laundry room with three washers and three dryers
- Five outside patio areas and parking for 22 vehicles
Information on staying at the Gainesville Fisher House
A room is not guaranteed just because a consult has been placed. Once the consult is completed, Fisher House staff will contact the potential guest to discuss the consult. The potential guest will then be contacted the day before intended arrival to confirm a room.
Be a family member or caregiver of a Veteran or Service Member who is an inpatient receiving care. Fisher House guests must be able to care for themselves and follow house rules. NOTE: The Fisher House is not intended for Veteran’s but is for the Veteran’s family member or caregiver.
Family member or caregiver must live 50 miles or more away from the Medical Center, or travel time from home to the Medical Center is greater than 2 hours. (Bing maps will be used for distance calculations)
How to Refer
The Veteran’s Social Worker or Treatment Team must complete a CPRS consult before the Veteran’s family/caregiver can be considered to stay at the Fisher House.