Albuquerque Fisher House - New Mexico VA Health Care System
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Albuquerque Fisher House

Rendering of the Albuquerque Fisher House

The Dedication Ceremony for the Albuquerque Fisher House took place on October 11, 2019

By Albuquerque Fisher House
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Because a family’s love is good medicine

The Albuquerque Fisher House is constructed and gifted to the VA by the Fisher House Foundation. There are currently 85 Fisher Houses located in the US, Germany, and the UK. Construction began in January and was completed in October of 2019. The Fisher House accommodates up to 16 veteran’s families. Up to four family members share one suite with a private restroom. All 16 families will share a common kitchen, laundry room, dining room, and living room.

 

Families must be referred by their Veteran's VA health care team.

Families supporting their Veterans during a hospitalization at the VA Medical Center can be referred to the Fisher House Program to see if they qualify for free, temporary accommodations within walking distance of their Veteran. This allows families to be close to their loved one during a medical crisis and focus on what's important--the healing process. A Fisher House is NOT a temporary residence, treatment facility, hospice, or counseling center.

Referrals do not guarantee a reservation

Individuals requesting Fisher House accommodations must be referred via electronic consult by their VA health provider. A referral is a request and does NOT guarantee a room reservation. Reservations are based on eligibility and room availability.

 

Eligibility Criteria

  • 50 miles/2-hour commute from NMVAMC
  • Family member/caregiver of a Veteran receiving care through the VA
  • Actively engaged in the hospitalized Veteran's treatment plan
  • Medically stable and capable of self-care
  • Independent and able to live in a communal setting
  • Living in stable, permanent housing (not homeless)
  • Is free from communicable diseases (flu, chicken pox, C-Diff, etc)
  • Abide by the Fisher House Guest Agreement and Rules

 

A ‘home away from home’

Each Veteran's family is allowed one private suite to share, with a max occupancy of four people. Families share a communal kitchen, laundry room, dining room, and family rooms with all other guests in the house. Children are welcome at the Fisher House but must always be supervised by the guardian checked in as the guest. Pets are not allowed in the Fisher House.

The Fisher House provides accommodations for families going through a medical crisis; therefore, walk-in visits are not allowed.

 

Get Involved

If you plan to donate or volunteer, you must make pre-arrangements with Christina Ramírez, the Fisher House Program Manager. Unscheduled visitors are not allowed at the Fisher House.

Please be patient with us as the program and house are under construction, and there will be limited opportunities for volunteering when we first open.

Volunteer: Volunteers must apply or sign up through VAVS. Volunteer opportunities will be dependent on occupancy levels and your patience is greatly appreciated. Volunteer positions such as Meal Train volunteers will be posted on the VAVS Volunteer Opportunities page this fall, so keep checking back.

Donations: Donations cannot be made to the Albuquerque Fisher House while it is under construction. Once the house is transferred to the VA this fall, we will be able to accept donations. Information will be posted here explaining how to donate, where to find our wish lists and the needs for the house.


FEATURED LINKS:

Fisher House Pictures on our NMVAHCS Facebook Site

The Patriot: Official Magazine of the Fisher House Foundation

Intranet site for VA Providers




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