The Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC & Yukon Branch offers 7 Kidney Suites within Vancouver. Six of these are dedicated to post-kidney-transplant adult recipients who have come to Vancouver from outside the Lower Mainland and need to stay in town for 2 months after surgery. These suites are fully furnished and all are on major transit lines.
These Kidney Suites are free for those who meet our financial criteria (low income) and just $25 per night for those who do not.
Chelsea Tower is located near Main and Broadway. Here there are 4 Kidney Suites – 3 one-bedroom suites and one bachelor. The one bedrooms all have a queen-size bed and a pull-out couch in the living room, a balcony, bathroom with tub and shower and a kitchen. The bachelor has a queen size bed, roll-away cot, kitchen and bathroom but no couch or balcony. Although this building has an elevator and is wheelchair accessible, the bathrooms are not. The building offers coin-operated washers and dryers, a large lounge area on the top floor and a beautiful garden space. All activities planned for the other residents of this building are also available to our residents. All suites have WiFi, cable TV and telephone. Amenities like a grocery store and pharmacy are just 3 blocks away. This is an adult building so children may visit but not stay in the suites.
We also offer a 2 bedroom suite that is located a few blocks behind St Paul’s Hospital. This suite has a bedroom with a queen sized bed and another bedroom with double and single bunkbeds. This suite is designed for families to be able stay together while one parent is recovering from transplant surgery. This suite also has a dining area, kitchen, large living room with TV and fireplace. The laundry facilities in this building are free for our residents. The suite comes with one, free, secured parking spot. Amenities are just 3 blocks away.
The newest suite for adults is located near Jericho Beach (4th Ave and Alma St) in Vancouver. This is a nicely appointed one bedroom suite with kitchen, living room, bathroom, balcony and bedroom with queen size bed. There is a roll-away cot so the maximum occupancy is 3 adults. Laundry is free in the building as are all the activities offered by the building. There is a secure, underground parking spot and ample street parking. The nearest grocery store is just 2 blocks away.
We also offer a townhouse for children and their families who need to stay in Vancouver while on hemodialysis and/or undergoing kidney transplant surgery. This suite has its own washer and dryer, large living room, dining room and kitchen plus 3 bedrooms and a bathroom. There is a small yard as well. There is never any cost for families who stay in this Kidney Suite.