The Harold & Carmen Poulsen Housing is a non-profit temporary housing facility for patients and their families traveling for medical treatment to Great Falls, Montana.
Poulsen Housing is located on the campus of the Great Falls Clinic, just footsteps from the Great Falls Clinic Cancer Center and Hospital.
Poulsen Housing provides a “home away from home” for patients, caregivers, and/or family members. We provide a warm and healing atmosphere where guests can eat, sleep, and recover without the stress of finding a place to stay. We prioritize cancer and pediatric patients, first and foremost and welcome all others based on availability.
Poulsen Housing is the only patient housing facility in Great Falls that allows all patients to stay, regardless of where they are receiving treatment. Our facility is free to all guests receiving medical treatment in the Great Falls community. We operate 100% on donations.
Information for Guests
The application process for a prospective guest starts with a referral from your health care physician, provider, social worker and/or case manager.
Read our Guest Housing Policy to learn more.
Where is Poulsen Housing?
Poulsen Housing is located at 3004 15th Avenue South, Great Falls, MT 59405, just footsteps away from the Great Falls Clinic Specialty Center Cancer Care.
What Services are Provided?
Poulsen Housing includes a fully equipped common kitchen, communal dining room, three living rooms, reading room with games, books, and movies, free Wi-Fi, laundry, vending and off-street parking. Guests need to provide their own transportation while staying at the Poulsen Housing.
Guests staying must be able to meet the following mobility and care expectations:
- Ambulate safely with own assistance devices and/or with caregiver present
- Plan and prepare meals and clean up dishes
- Actively care for themselves independently and/or with a caregiver present
What is Provided in Each Guest Room?
We have two different style guest rooms: King suites with one king bed and Queen suites with two queen beds. Each room features as private bathroom, small refrigerator, small microwave, small kitchen sink, and a television with DVD player. Sheets, towels, dishes, and cleaning supplies are provided. Some amenities such as shampoo, conditioner, etc. are provided based on availability.
How Many Rooms May I Have?
We allow one room per family. A maximum of 2 people (1 patient and 1 caregiver) are allowed per room. Exceptions will be made at times but must be approved by the facility in advance.
Is There a Daily Maid Service?
No. Poulsen Legacy supplies linens and towels for guests to use. Guests are asked to clean their own rooms and do their own laundry. Light housekeeping will be provided on Mondays and Thursdays each week but is not available by request. Cleaning supplies are available at the Front Desk. Dish soap and sponges are available in each kitchenette. Guests are responsible for cleaning their own dishes prior to departure.
Is the Poulsen Legacy handicap accessible?
Yes, our facility is ADA-complaint with elevator access between floors and a limited number of fully ADA-accessible guest rooms.
What Supplies Does Legacy Housing Provide?
We supply almost everything you will need to make this your “home away from home” including linens, towels, simple toiletries, and cleaning supplies.
Guests will have access to a kitchenette in each guest room along with a fully equipped common area kitchen. Pots, pans, and utensils are provided for food preparation. Guests need to provide their own food. Complimentary coffee is available in the dining room along with a limited supply of donated food.
What is the Cost of the Room?
Poulsen Housing prides itself on being able to offer FREE housing to all qualifying patients. We operate 100% on donations and would highly encourage a donation during your stay.
How Long Can I Stay?
As long as our guests are actively receiving medical treatment by an accredited medical facility in the Great Falls, Montana, they may stay as long as needed.
Are Pets Allowed?
Pets are not allowed. You must notify staff at the time of scheduling if you wish to bring a service animal.
For patients traveling in/staying in travel trailers/RVs, we provide a “pet park” so your pets may relieve themselves and exercise. We ask that if you use this area, you pick up after your pet. Doggie doo doo bags are provided.
When Do I Check In?
First time referrals may be required to check in between the hours of 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm weekdays.
Who Can Stay at Poulsen Housing?
Poulsen Housing is for patients and/or their caregiver/family member. To be eligible for a Poulsen Housing, patients must receive regularly scheduled treatment(s) and care at an accredited Great Falls, Montana healthcare facility. Guests must have a permanent residence at least 30 miles outside of Cascade County.
How Can I Stay at Poulsen Housing?
Poulsen Housing accepts guests only by referral from a healthcare professional (must be a physician, provider, case manager or social worker) that 1) works at an accredited Great Falls area hospital or healthcare facility and 2) is familiar with the patient.
Are Children Welcome to Stay at Poulsen Housing?
Children under the age of 18 are welcome to stay if they are actively being treated by an accredited Great Falls, Montana healthcare facility. All children under the age of 18 are required to have a legal guardian with them. Children must be well-behaved to stay in our facility due to the calm and healing nature we are providing to our guests.
Is Smoking Allowed?
There is no smoking inside the Poulsen Housing or on the grounds at any time.
Can Family Members Take Turns Staying at Poulsen Housing?
Yes, since we limit our families to one room you may wish to rotate family members staying with you. Please notify a staff member of a change in guests so we may keep track of who is in the Poulsen Housing.
What precautions is Poulsen Housing taking to limit the risk of COVID-19 at the facility?
Although there is no way to completely eliminate the risk of COVID-19 exposure in the Poulsen Housing, the staff and Board have implemented several protocols and policies to minimize risk, including:
- Upon check-in, each guest is required to complete a COVID-19 screening questionnaire.
- Housekeeping and/or guest services staff will provide weekly cleaning of all common areas, with additional attention to high-touch surfaces.
- The use of masks is mandated for all guests and staff when in common areas. Exclusions are guest’s room, office, and when eating in the dining area. Cloth or disposable masks are provided to you if you do not have your own.
- Each guest room and common area space has complimentary hand sanitizer.
- Upon check-out each room is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized by housekeeping staff.