Family support is always important when someone is injured, especially for children and young people. If the patient lives in a rural or remote area, they may need to travel some distance away from home to obtain proper treatment. If your injured relative requires treatment at a hospital or medical facility that is a long way from home, you will likely need accommodation so that you can be close by.
Whether its accommodation for a family member’s first few days in a hospital or frequent trips to the city for long-term treatment, there are a number of short and long-term accommodation options available, depending on which hospital or medical facility your injured family member is staying in.
Most children’s hospitals allow one parent of an unwell child to stay with them overnight on the ward. However, for longterm hospital stays parents will need to obtain accommodation nearby.
This hospital may be able to provide limited accommodation for relatives depending on the availability and the need.
The Reg Leonard House and Mater Hill Place are accommodations offered to patients and their carers attending mater hospitals from outside of the Brisbane area.
The Wesley operates three motel and apartment facilities close to the Wesley Hotel: Wesley Rotary Lodge, Lang Parade Lodge & Auchenflower Gardens. Rooms and self-contained apartments are available. Rates are from $118 per night.
Proximity: 0.3 km
Star rating: 3*
Approximate price per night: $70 - $100
The Children’s Health Queensland free shuttle bus runs between Herston based accommodation and the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital 7 times a day, 7 days a week.
For treatment that will require you to stay near a hospital or medical facility for an extended period, affordable alternatives to hotels include:
This scheme is available to assist people living in rural and remote areas who have to travel more than 50km for specialist medical services which are not locally available. The scheme doesn’t provide accommodation but can help with travel costs.
To be eligible for the scheme you must be a Queensland resident who is eligible for Medicare and obtaining specialist medical treatment that is recommended as medically necessary for your condition and which is not available within 50km of your nearest public hospital.
This charity offers accommodation in South Brisbane for the families of seriously ill children that need specialist medical treatment and lives more than 50km from their treating hospital, in Brisbane.
The Cancer Council provides accommodation for regional and rural cancer patients and carers when they need to travel for cancer treatment in Brisbane, Cairns, Rockhampton, Toowoomba, and Townsville.
The RSL offers emergency short-term accommodation facilities for specialist medical treatment or counseling for veterans, ex-service members their dependents and other personnel.
Inclusive Kids is a community fund for disadvantaged children by offering small grants to assist with their day to daycare. Grants of up to $4000 are available to individuals between the ages of 0-18 years living in the Moreton Bay and Sunshine Coast regions who are unable to access other funding or assistance.
You may not be able to reduce the costs of obtaining temporary accommodation away from home, but there may be things you can do to reduce your expenses at home while you are away.
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