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West Los Angeles Fisher House

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Welcome


Located in the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, the Fisher House provides a "home away from home" so that America's military families can be together during extended treatment for a serious illness, lengthy physical or occupational therapy.

The West LA Fisher House opened its doors in February 2009 and has since served over 1,300 families. A 16,000 square foot facility with 21 private guest suites, the Fisher House creates a warm, compassionate environment where families find support and encouragement with others in similar circumstances.

A family's love is always the best medicine. When a loved one is injured or ill, a Fisher House unites families and relieves the financial and emotional strain of being away from house.

Guest Information


Referrals

In most cases, the VA social worker or case manager will conduct an initial screening and place a referral for residence at the Fisher House.

Referrals to the Fisher House should be done in advance.

The Fisher House Manager will determine eligibility and advise the family on the status and appropriateness of the referral and availability.

Rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Eligibility Requirements


  • Guests must be a family member of active duty or veteran in-patients, or those receiving extended, episodic out-patient therapies.
  • Guests must reside more than fifty miles away.
  • Guests must be self-sufficient and able to independently care for themselves, or be accompanied by a caregiver.
  • Guests must be able to stay in an unsupervised setting.

Check-in Information/What To Expect


There is no fee for families staying at the Fisher House. The home is a 16,000 square foot facility with 21 private guest suits. Each room is professionally decorated and beautifully furnished. In addition to a private bed and adjoining bathroom the house includes:

  • Communal kitchen
  • Spacious, communal dining room
  • Inviting family room and living room
  • Communal laundry facility
  • In-room telephone and TV/DVD player & digital alarm clocks
  • In-room computer access
  • Generous library of books, magazines & DVDs
  • Reserved parking lot for residents
  • Support staff and volunteers available to assist

Note: We do not take reservations and all rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Referrals to the house are made through the social worker assigned to the patient's case. Guests will be called within 24 to 48 hours in advance of their expected check-in date to confirm availability. If the house is at full occupancy, guest requests are placed on a wait list. The request is considered active as long as the patient is in hospital. Wait listed guests are notified by staff if a room becomes available.

Office Hours


Monday 8am-4:30pm
Tuesday through Friday 8am-7:30pm
Saturday 8am-4:30pm

The Management office is closed on Sundays & Federal Holidays. If you arrive after hours, you can receive a key to your room from the MAOD’s office at the hospital.

Check-in Information


There is no fee for families staying at the Fisher House. The home is a 16,000 square foot facility with 21 private guest suits. Each room is professionally decorated and beautifully furnished. In addition to a private bed and adjoining bathroom the house includes:

  • Communal kitchen
  • Spacious, communal dining room
  • Inviting family room and living room
  • Communal laundry facility
  • In-room telephone and TV/DVD player & digital alarm clocks
  • In-room computer access
  • Generous library of books, magazines & DVDs
  • Reserved parking lot for residents
  • Support staff and volunteers available to assist

Note: We do not take reservations and all rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Referrals to the house are made through the social worker assigned to the patient's case. Guests will be called within 24 to 48 hours in advance of their expected check-in date to confirm availability. If the house is at full occupancy, guest requests are placed on a wait list. The request is considered active as long as the patient is in hospital. Wait listed guests are notified by staff if a room becomes available.

What To Expect upon Arrival


Upon arrival, there is a small amount of paperwork for you to sign. You will then be given access to the house and your room, and to the parking lot. At that point you will be shown to your room and invited to make yourself at home.

Guests are usually able to stay in Fisher House as long as the patient is in the hospital. Guests are required to vacate the Fisher House on the same day that their family member is discharged from the hospital.

House Rules


  1. As a guest of the Fisher House, you will be required to comply with Fisher House rules. The Fisher House is a federal facility and similar rules apply as most other federal offices. Violation of these policies can result in the veteran and/or the family being asked to leave.
  2. Consideration of your fellow guests is essential at all times. There “quiet” hours are set between 9:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. This is to include the user of appliances in the common areas during this time period.
  3. Security is very important. Make sure your room and windows are locked at all times and that exterior doors of the house remain locked. Every guest should have keys to their room and the house. If you are expecting a visitor or delivery, meet them at the door. Do not allow anyone other than your own visitor into the house.
  4. Smoking is not allowed in the Fisher House. A designated smoking areas can be found at the South Eastern porch of the Fisher House.
  5. Children must be supervised at all times. All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Babysitting services are not provided. Please do not leave any child under the age of 18 in the house unaccompanied.
  6. Alcoholic beverages, including ‘wine coolers’ are not allowed in the Fisher House. In addition, the use of any unlawful substance is prohibited.
  7. Weapons of any nature are prohibited.
  8. Theft will not be tolerated.
  9. Gambling is not allowed on the premises.
  10. Eating will be done in the kitchen and dining room only. Food is not allowed in the guest rooms.
  11. Pets are not allowed.
  12. Prejudicial comments, gestures, and/or sexual harassment will not be tolerated

Directions and Map


The Fisher House is located on the campus of the West Los Angeles VA. The West Los Angeles Healthcare Center is on the Southwest corner of the San Diego Freeway (route 405) and Wilshire Boulevard. Exit on Wilshire Blvd West from the San Diego Freeway, and make an immediate right onto the campus when you are west of the freeway.

Follow the directional signs to the Fisher House once you are on the VA campus. Parking is available at the Fisher House.

Fisher House Map (Birdseye View)

Around Town


Welcome to Los Angeles! Below are links that may assist our guests during their stay at the West LA Fisher House.

Things to do

Getting Around




Contact Us


For more information about the Fisher House, please contact Fisher House Manager Sharon Hudson at:

PHONE: 310.268.4457

ADDRESS:
West LA Fisher House
West Los Angeles VA Medical Center
11301 Wilshire Boulevard
Building 512 (10AF)
Los Angeles, CA 90073-1003