You and your caregiver(s) will be provided with a fully furnished apartment during your transplant process to share. If you have a donor, they will have their own apartment. You may not stay at the MTU apartments if you do not have a caregiver.
Upon your arrival to Seattle, first come to the MTU to receive your apartment assignment and packets:
If you are assigned an Aldercrest apartment you will receive a packet with move-in instructions, a phone list of other MTU patients/caregivers, and your appointment sheet for reporting to the unit on your first day. If you are assigned a 1st Hill apartment, you will receive a Resource Guide, phone list of other MTU patients/caregivers, and your appointment sheet for reporting to the unit on your first day. The apartment will usually be assigned to you for the duration of your stay but there may be circumstances in which you may be required to change apartments. The Social Work Assistant will orient you to your apartment as soon as possible after your arrival during normal weekday business hours.
The apartments are about 3 miles away and it takes two buses to reach the VA. There are Metro bus stops near the apartments that can bring you to the VA. The VA also provides taxi service to and from medical appointments.
Rules and regulations
- If you use the apartments provided by the VA, you are required to abide by VA rules and regulations. If not, you will have to find and pay for your own housing.
- DO NOT bring weapons. No weapons are allowed in the VA apartments, garage, or the VA hospital.
- For our patient's health, smoking is not allowed at any time inside the VA apartments (to include the garages). Smoking is permitted in designated areas outside or on the balcony (with the door closed to prevent smoke from blowing back into the apartment where it could be hazardous to the patient). Only a few apartments have a balcony.
- Sorry, absolutely no pets.
- It is your responsibility to maintain a clean and healthy apartment for the patient. See below for more details.
While you are in Seattle your mail should be sent directly to your assigned apartment.
The Aldercrest Apartments
Seattle, WA 98122
First Hill Apartment & Hill House
Seattle, WA 98122
While you are an inpatient during the transplant you can have people address mail to you at:
VA PSHCS - Marrow Transplant Unit
(Attn: include patient's name)
1660 S. Columbian Way, S-111-MTU
Seattle, WA 98108-1597
Housing costs provided for you by the VA:
- Rent and utilities (water, garbage and electricity). Basic phone service with voice mail limited to local outgoing calls only. One parking stall at the apartment site. If you need additional parking, you will be responsible to find and pay for it yourself. The building owner/manager occasionally has extra stalls to rent to individuals.
- Cable television or internet service is not provided by the VA at Aldercrest Apartments. Patients may choose to have cable or internet turned-on at their own expense. The local cable provider is Broadband Cable, Shay at (206) 384-5580. Cable is provided free of charge at First Hill and Hill House (overflow) apartments.
- Each apartment has a master bedroom bed(s), a chest of drawers, a nightstand with 3 drawers, a clock radio, and 2 lamps. If there is a second bedroom, it has a bed, a chest, a nightstand, and a lamp. Pillows, mattress pads, sheets, blankets, and bed spreads are supplied. Bath linen is also provided.
- The living/dining rooms have an entertainment center, which holds the TV and VCR and has drawer containing bedding for the sofa-sleeper and space for more storage. The sleeper is a double sized bed. There is also a chair, recliner, coffee table and 2 end tables, 3 lamps, a dining table and at least 4 chairs.
- Kitchens are fully equipped with refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, microwave oven, coffee maker, toaster, blender, dishes, pans, utensils, etc.
- Utility closet has a vacuum, mop and bucket, broom and dustpan, iron and board, and a fan.
- Each apartment has a Resource Guide by the phone with detailed directions, bus routes and maps, and everything you should need to make the adjustment to a new apartment and a new city. Please read through it as soon as you arrive.
Cleaning of apartments:
- Each family is responsible for daily cleaning of their apartments and a thorough cleaning at the end of their stay to prepare it for the next family.
- The apartment may have been vacant for a while after the last family moved out. It is up to you to touch-up or re-clean to your own standards of cleanliness.
Tenant Meetings and Inspections:
- The caregiver is expected to attend tenant meetings where information and supplies are disseminated.
- There will be monthly inspections to assure a healthy living condition and check for proper maintenance and upkeep. The MTU reserves the right for unannounced, random inspections.
Other costs to consider:
- Food - Food stamps may be available for low-income families.
- Laundry - Aldercrest Apartment has washer/dryer in each apt. but our overflow housing has a central laundry room with coin operated machines.
- Cleaning supplies, and toiletries may or may not be left over from the previous tenant.
- Items that wear out or get used up, such as light bulbs, batteries, vacuum cleaner bags and belts, etc are paid for by the patient/caregiver.
Aldercrest apartment interior