At Ronald McDonald House Charities® Alberta, we welcome all families regardless of their financial situation or their child’s medical need. To stay at the House, a hospital referral is required. Out-of-town families can stay with us for as many days, weeks, or months needed. Our Houses in Calgary, Edmonton, Medicine Hat, and Red Deer provide a warm, comfortable, and compassionate environment where families can share experiences and shore up strength while their child receives treatment at a nearby hospital.
To be eligible to stay at our Houses, you must:
- Have a child (age 18 or under) receiving medical treatment at a nearby hospital or have a high-risk pregnancy.
- Live at least 45 kilometres away from the Calgary House to stay there.
- Live at least of 45 kilometres away from the Edmonton House to stay there.
- Live outside the city limits from our House in Red Deer.
- Live outside the city limits from our House in Medicine Hat.
If you have previously stayed at one of our Houses, you do not require a hospital referral if your referral is less than one year old. You may contact the House directly to arrange your stay. If it has been more than one year, or if your child is receiving treatment for a different medical condition, a new referral is required.
All families are asked to pay a nightly fee. If this is not possible, no family will be turned away due to financial circumstances.
If the House is at capacity when your referral is received we will work with you to support you through our Day Use program and other resources (including hotel partners) while you are placed on the wait list.
Please note that anyone suffering from, or who has recently been exposed to, a communicable illness (including cold, flu, fever, diarrhea, vomiting, skin rash or lesions, or stiff neck) will not be admitted to our Houses in order to minimize any risk to children with weakened immune systems. In such cases, if alternative arrangements need to be made, we will do our best to assist you.