Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
Bay Pines Fisher House
Our Fisher House is located on the grounds of the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center and was dedicated on July 1, 2002. It is a home away from home for families of acutely hospitalized veterans and active duty service members who live more than 50 miles away from the campus.
The Bay Pines Fisher House has 9-suites complete with common kitchen, laundry facilities, spacious dining room, living room, library, and outside gazebo. 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.
Referrals to Fisher House must be completed in advance. During regular business hours Bay Pines' Social Work Service screens guests for the Fisher House and makes referrals if eligible. After hours, this is done by the Administrative Officer of the Day (AOD). The health care professional assigned to the Veteran will conduct an initial screening to determine appropriateness.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the Fisher House?
The Fisher House offers temporary lodging to the family members and caregivers of Servicemembers and Veterans receiving care at the C.W. Bill Young Medical Center. The Fisher House has 9 guest suites with some having private baths and a common kitchen, dining room, living room, family room and outdoor gazebo.
Who owns the Bay Pines VA Fisher House?
The Fisher House Foundation built and furnished the Fisher House and then donated the House to VA. Bay Pines VA operates and maintains the House.
Who can stay at the Fisher House?
Family members and caregivers of Servicemembers and Veterans who live 50 miles or more from the C.W. Bill Young Medical Center can stay at the Fisher House. Guests must be able to care for themselves and follow House rules.
How long can guests stay at the Fisher House?
Guests can stay at the Fisher House for as long as their loved one is hospitalized or receiving treatment at the C.W. Bill Young Medical Center.
Does the Fisher House accept reservations?
Fisher House lodging is on a first come, first serve basis, and reservations are not accepted. A room cannot be guaranteed on the request check-in date. Families requesting to stay at the Fisher House should have back up lodging plans in case a room is not available.
How are arrangements made to stay at the Fisher House?
A referral must be placed by the Veteran’s social worker for all individuals wishing to stay at the Fisher House. Family members seeking Fisher House lodging should contact the Veteran’s social worker.
Does it cost anything to stay at the Fisher House?
There is no cost to stay at any Fisher House.
Does the Fisher House have maid service?
The Fisher House Housekeeping staff keeps the Fisher House looking clean and new. All guests are expected to help by cleaning their own rooms and cleaning up after themselves in common areas.
Are meals provided at the Fisher House?
Meals are not provided at the Fisher House. The Fisher House has a well-equipped kitchen for guests to prepare meals during their stay. Some donated food staples are available, but typically guests bring their own food.
Does the Fisher House provide TV, internet and phone service for guests?
Guest suites have a TV with Direct TV, a DVD player, a phone for local calls and an internet connection. Common areas have wireless internet access and a TV and DVD player.
Can children stay at the Fisher House?
Children of any age are welcome at the Fisher House provided that they are supervised at all times. Child care services are not provided by the Fisher House or the Bay Pines VA.
Can pets stay at the Fisher House?
Only service animals belonging to Fisher House guests are permitted.