Bay Pines VA Healthcare System has two types of temporary lodging programs to assist our veterans and their families. To be eligible for either program, the veteran and/or family members must live more than 50 miles from the Bay Pines main campus.
During regular business hours Bay Pines' Social Work Service screens guests for these programs and makes referrals if eligible. After hours, this is done by the Administrative Officer of the Day (AOD).
Our Fisher House is located on the grounds of the Bay Pines main facility and was dedicated on July 1, 2002. It is a home away from home for families of acutely hospitalized veterans. The Fisher House has a kitchen and laundry facilities. Guests must be able to take care of their own personal needs. Guests are responsible for maintaining their own rooms and keeping the common areas clean. There is no maid service.
Lodgetel is an off-site program that provides temporary lodging for veterans who have problems with their medical appointments due to distance and time-of-day. The Lodgetel program is a self-care program and there are no clinical services available.
To get more information about the Fisher House or Lodgetel programs, contact Social Work Service at (727) 398-6661, extension 5686.