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The Susan K. Roberts - Lodge That Gives provides warm and welcoming accommodations to those who are medically required to travel to Halifax for cancer treatment. In 2017, the Lodge was a home to 806 residents for a total of 8,499 nights.
A home away from home
"The Lodge That Gives gave me so much more than a place to stay. It gave me peace of mind so I could focus on getting better." - Seretha MacIsaac, cancer fighter
The Lodge is fully accessible and offers rooms with a private bath. Make sure to bring any special needs to our attention when you book your reservation – we will do our best to accommodate you.
Nova Scotia residents who are receiving cancer treatment stay free of charge, and meals are provided at no cost. Family members and support persons are invited to stay for a nightly rate. Please contact the Lodge for information.
Fully accessible, the lodge is a tobacco-free, alcohol-free and scent-free environment.
The Lodge offers an outdoor patio, laundry facilities, lounge room, 2 computers located on the main floor with Internet access and wireless Internet in each room. Guest will find a television room on each floor and one on the main floor. Guests are welcome to make themselves comfortable in any of these common areas and are encouraged to entertain visitors on the main floor.
Checkout time is 9:00 a.m.
Check-in time is at or after 1pm.
Assigned parking spots are awarded via a lottery system. Lotteries occur on Thursday for the coming week. Residents must let us know if they wish to be entered. If all spaces are occupied, your name can be put on a waiting list. The parking pass is valid for the week in which it is issued only. Passes must be returned at check-out and will be re-assigned each week. If you receive a parking pass, you must park only in your assigned space, and display the provided parking pass at all times.
As an alternative, there is paid parking available close to the Lodge. Contact Imperial Parking at 902-452-0362 or Victoria General (VG) at 902-473-2143 for more information.
If you have not brought your own vehicle, local cab companies and metro transit are available. Two bus stops are located right outside the Lodge. A list of town shuttle services are available on request.
The Lodge does not offer medical services, nursing services or the provision of medication. While in Halifax, your medical care should be coordinated under the supervision of your physician. If emergency medical treatment is required, you should seek help at the Emergency Department of the QEII Health Sciences Centre, located at the Halifax Infirmary site.
Some toiletries, as well as laundry detergent and fabric softener can be purchased at the reception desk.
Activities and programs
Weekly activities are posted online, on our message board and our digital signs located in the Wellness Centre. Activities include everything from music nights to spa-like pampering sessions. Support groups and information sessions are also available.
In our Multi-Purpose Room, guests will find a sewing machine, dart board, ping-pong table, puzzles, cards and arts and crafts supplies. Those who would like to remain physically active are welcome to use our exercise room which has a treadmill, elliptical machine, stationary cycle and free weights, or use our yoga room for gentler activity.
Hair care room
Our professional hairstylist is only too happy to offer complimentary hair care services to all of our residents. Space for these services is limited; make your appointment at the reception desk. The Salon also provides free wigs and head wraps, as well as a limited supply of mastectomy bras and both temporary and permanent prostheses. Our staff are happy to fit you for any of these items.
The Lodge offers a restaurant style kitchen with a professional chef who prepares nutritious meals. The dining room is conveniently located on the main floor. There are no kitchen facilities available for use by our guests.
Our dining room is open 24 hours a day for your use. Breakfast is continental-style, so feel free to prepare what you like at your convenience. Lunch is served between 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.and typically consists of soup and sandwich options prepared by our chef. A homestyle hot dinner is served from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Visitors are welcome to stay for a meal with a resident for a small fee. Our chef requires advanced notice (3-4 hours) to ensure that adequate portions can be prepared.
First time reservations
First time reservations can be made through a booking clerk at the Nova Scotia Cancer Treatment Centre, a family physician or a cancer specialist. Call us at 1-800-639-0222 if we can assist you.
If you have been a lodge resident within the past six months, you are welcome to stay if you are returning for follow-up treatments or appointments at the Cancer Centre. Please call us at 1-902-420-1849 to confirm room availability. We only ask that you show your medical appointment card upon arrival.
After 6 months, a new Request for Admission must be submitted by your physician or the booking clerk at the Nova Scotia Cancer Treatment Centre.
Out of province reservations
Out-of-province guests are responsible for full payment of room and meal fees during their stay, unless otherwise indicated. Contact us for more information at 1-902-420-1849.
Family members and support persons
A maximum of 2 family members and support persons are welcome to stay at the Lodge for a nightly fee. Please contact the Lodge for details.
Hours of operation
As of June 23, 2018 the Lodge is open 7 days a week. The front desk is attended 24 hours a day. Lodge staff are available from 7am-11pm. Sunday 4:00 p.m. to Friday 4:00 p.m.
Length of stay
Residents may arrive the night before and stay one night following their appointment. Inform our staff if your treatment will be extended, shortened or delayed. If the length of your stay changes, we appreciate notification to manage our room availability.
If your appointment has been cancelled and your room is no longer needed, call the Lodge 24 hours in advance to cancel your reservation.
"Volunteering at The Lodge That Gives has given me such warmth and comfort. The guests who stay there are so giving and beautiful, it is incredible. I am so glad to be a part of it and to be able to give of my time. It really is about creating a sense of home and community." -Devera Giles
There are many ways to make a difference by volunteering at The Lodge That Gives. Volunteers fill roles such as:
- kitchen helper
- hair stylists
- bingo callers
If you are interested in volunteering, please complete our online registration form or call 423-6183.
Please note: All volunteer positions require a Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse Registry Check. Our staff will help you with this process.
The Lodge That Gives is located within walking distance of all cancer treatment facilities. The Lodge that Gives offers a home away from home for cancer patients and their families living more than 50 kilometres away from the cancer treatment centre in Halifax.
The Lodge That Gives Canadian Cancer Society 5826 South Street Halifax, Nova Scotia
The Lodge runs entirely on funds donated to the Canadian Cancer Society. Donate now.