Welcome to Under Our Roof

Under Our Roof is a home away from home for country cancer patients and their families. The accommodation is located in Adelaide, South Australia.

Undergoing treatment for cancer can be hard at the best of times – having to leave your home and community for treatment in the city can be even more challenging. That’s why The Hospital Research Foundation has built two very special homes to give you and your family a safe and comfortable place to stay, rest and heal.

About the homes

Completed in 2015, the homes have been named after two major project supporters and sponsors of Mercer SuperCycle – Mercer House and Bendigo Bank House.

This special accommodation in Adelaide for country cancer patients is made up of two three bedroom homes with with built in robes; two bathrooms and an open plan kitchen/ living area as well as a separate lounge room.

Designed and built by award winning builder Scott Salisbury Homes the houses are fully air-conditioned and can comfortably sleep a family of up to six with hypoallergenic pillows and quilts provided.

Each home has a covered internal courtyard and private rear garden which is accessed via large stackable sliding doors. There is off street parking, garaging for two cars, monitored security and free access to WiFi.

The Hospital Research Foundation's Under Our Roof
Designed and built by award winning builder Scott Salisbury Homes the houses are fully air-conditioned and can comfortably sleep a family of up to six.

 

Stay in the homes

Bookings are essential and can be made by contacting us at 08 8244 1100 or underourroof@hospitalresearch.com.au Be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.

For cancer patients the cost is $40 per night. There is no extra charge for members of your immediate family.

If you are eligible for PATS (South Australian Patient Assistance Transport Scheme) and have a health care or pension card, this cost will be fully covered. If you are eligible for PATS but don’t have a health care or pension card you will only be charged for the first night’s accommodation (in line with PATS requirements). Should it be required, PATS will also cover the cost for your approved carer to stay with you. For PATS eligibility criteria – please see below.

For your convenience The Hospital Research Foundation is able to ‘bulk-bill’ PATS directly on your behalf for your stay. Your GP and cancer specialist will be able to assist you with PATS requirements and relevant forms.

The PATS scheme has been developed to subsidise the unavoidable costs for residents in country areas who are required to travel into the city to receive specialist medical services or treatments.

The following guidelines have been developed in consultation with the Country Health South Australia’s PATS scheme:

  • You must be a permanent Australian citizen or permanent resident residing in South Australia
  • You must live more than 100km away from the nearest treating specialist
  • You must have a referral from a local doctor to the nearest treating specialist for specialist treatment
  • You receive treatment claimable under Medicare from a recognised medical specialist
  • You require accommodation for a period of over 7 days

You can find out more about PATS at: http://www.countryhealthsa.sa.gov.au/Services/PatientAssistanceTransportSchemePATS

The Under Our Roof accommodation has been fully furnished to make your stay in Adelaide as comfortable and well-appointed as possible. Each stylish kitchen features quality crockery, cutlery, drinkware and cookware.

  • You will be required to supply your own food during your stay. There are several supermarkets and local stores close to the homes for your convenience. Some larger supermarkets also provide an online service and can deliver your groceries direct to the door.
  • You will also be required to provide your own linen – sheets, pillow slips, towels and bathmats. Each home has a laundry with washing machine and an external clothes line. An iron and ironing board is also provided.

A basic linen package is available through the Foundation at a cost of $20 per stay. This package must be booked ahead of your stay and is not covered by PATS.

Depending on availability, the Adelaide homes have been designed for cancer patients and their families to stay for longer periods of 7 days or more.

The Hospital Research Foundation's Under Our Roof
Each stylish kitchen features quality crockery, cutlery, drinkware and cookware.
The Hospital Research Foundation's Under Our Roof Master Bed
This special accommodation in Adelaide for country cancer patients is made up of two three bedroom homes with with built in robes; two bathrooms and an open plan kitchen/ living area as well as a separate lounge room.
The Hospital Research Foundation's Under Our Roof Backyard
Each family-friendly home has a covered internal courtyard and private rear garden which is accessed via large stackable sliding doors.

Location and Directions:

The Under Our Roof homes for cancer patients are located in Adelaide at 30 Nicholls Tce, Woodville West – close to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital(TQEH) and less than 8kms from the new Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH).

Under Our Roof Logo - The Hospital Research Foundation

The Hospital Research Foundation's Under Our Roof Bathroom
Each home is equipped with two spacious bathrooms.

 

The Hospital Research Foundation's Under Our Roof Bedroom
The Under Our Roof accommodation is purpose built for cancer patients and their families.

 

Ambassador & cancer survivor Jenni Eyles walks you through the comfortable, family-friendly homes, close to two of South Australia’s leading cancer treatment hospitals.

How can I help?

The need for more dedicated housing like Under Our Roof continues. We hope you will join us as our planning gets underway for the second Under Our Roof project in Adelaide’s inner suburbs near the new RAH. If you or your company would like to become an Under Our Roof sponsor or supporter, or join Mercer SuperCycle as a cyclist or volunteer please contact us on 08 8244 1100. You can also make a secure online donation via our website by clicking here. You’ll be helping us to get the community spirit flowing and assisting country patients going through a tough time away from their homes and support networks.

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