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Family Houses

When your loved one is sick and in the hospital, the last thing you want to think about is where your next meal will come from, how you will wear clean clothes, or if you will sleep in a warm bed. When a family member is ill, nothing else should matter.

At the Family Houses at UC San Diego Health, our mission is to provide a home away from home for families of patients undergoing critical or long-term care at UC San Diego Health. We are here to make a tough situation a little bit easier.

We deeply believe that families are stronger when they are together.

At our two San Diego sister locations in Hillcrest and La Jolla, families can create a community of healing in a loving environment. We provide all the comforts of home -- a place to rest, a kitchen to prep meals or enjoy a volunteer-hosted meal, a spot to do laundry, and community spaces where guests can interact with other families experiencing similar challenges.

Family House Locations

Bannister House living room

Bannister Family House (Hillcrest)

La Jolla Family House rendition

La Jolla Family House

About the Family Houses

Patients from far and wide seek out the specialized services we offer at UC San Diego Health, the only academic medical system in the region and among the best in the world. For patients and their families who must travel to us for treatment or who experience a medical emergency while far from home, our Family Houses help ensure access to the care these families need while also helping to keep the family together.

Many families tell us that our Family House program was a key part of being able to access care at UC San Diego Health. We know that lengthy hospital stays can be a tough journey and studies show that having family nearby and able to participate in care plans leads to better clinical outcomes.

Our family houses are nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations that rely heavily on donations from individuals, community organizations, and businesses to ensure that they remain havens of comfort for families facing severe medical crises. For 26 years, we have welcomed more than 6,500 families from around the world and have helped keep families together during a difficult time in their lives. We look forward to welcoming many more families to come.