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The Respite House

The Respite House is safe haven for families with a loved one undergoing treatment or dealing with serious illness or injuries at Kaweah Health.

For more information, please call Patient Family Services (PFS) at (559) 624-2257.

The Respite House opened in September of 2016. It was built by funds raised by the five Visalia Rotary Clubs and community supporters. It is leased to the Kaweah Health to operate and manage for a $1 per year.

The Respite House, known as “Al’s Place” in honor of Rotarian Al Fisher and “Sharon’s Place” in honor of Sharon Shannon, is two units, one with three bedrooms and two baths and one with two bedrooms and two baths. Each home has a living room, full kitchen and laundry room. The units are completely furnished and available for use at a very minimal suggested donation, but a donation is not required.


  • Have a family member that is hospitalized at KD
  • Family traveling from out of town
  • Transportation to and from hospital is a hardship
  • Hotel/Motel stay is a hardship


  • Family to requested to speak to social worker assigned to the floor
  • Contact the general number for Patient Family Services (PFS) 559.624.2257


  • Family is identified by medical staff or PFS.
  • PFS meets with family member and begins discussion of Rotary House option.
  • PFS sends out email or phone calls to rest of the PFS team to ensure that there is no one else attempting to utilize the same space. If there are multiple families attempting to use the same home, team will trouble shoot options.
  • Once availability is confirmed, family and PFS discuss the Rotary House rules.
  • Family signs the house rules form. Rotary House rule state that family is only allowed to stay in home for max of a week.
  • Social worker discusses with family how if there is still a need post a week that social worker will meet with family again to reassess need.
  • Family informed that if other family members have a need, they may be asked to leave so that other family can be accommodated.
  • Keys are provided.
  • Family to contact social worker at end of stated stay to reassess whether continued stay is an option.
  • Families are allowed to stay as long as needed; if there are no other family members requesting use of the home (asking patient to leave rarely happens because of the two homes that are available).
  • Family instructed to return keys to social worker on floor or Emergency Department social worker.
  • Social worker returning keys contacts Environmental Services for cleaning of the house/preparation for next family (usually a one day time frame as cleaning is usually done at night).