House for families of veterans set for Memphis hospital

MEMPHIS, Tenn., (AP) — Officials at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Memphis say a house where families can stay while their relative is being treated will be built at the facility.

The Memphis Veterans Affairs Health Care System Medical Center is among the sites selected to establish a Fisher House, officials said in a news release Monday.

A Fisher House provides temporary accommodations for families and caregivers of veterans and will serve as a “home away from home” for them while the patient is receiving care at the hospital, the news release said.

The Memphis facility had been approved for a potential 2024-2025 Fisher House opening, but it has been moved up on the schedule, officials said. Groundbreaking is planned for November or December, with a target opening in fall 2023, officials said.

A news conference about the Fisher House is scheduled for Wednesday at the medical center.