Caring House sits on many wooded acres off of Pickett Road in central Durham. The location is convenient to Duke Hospital, shopping, restaurants, and Raleigh-Durham Airport (RDU). While we are currently prohibiting outside visitors into the house to keep guests as safe as possible during COVID-19, we created a virtual tour to provide prospective guests with an insight into our community. Follow our Executive Director, Sheridan van Wagenberg, as she shows what makes Caring House a "home away from home!" Click the image above or here to view the video.
If you would like some more information about staying here during your treatment at the Duke Cancer Institute, please review our Guest FAQs.
A guest’s bedroom is his or her private area at Caring House. There are eighteen bedrooms, each with a private bathroom. Fourteen bedrooms are downstairs and four are upstairs. Nine bedrooms have two twin beds and nine have a double and a twin bed. Each room has a telephone with voicemail, a television with basic cable, two chairs and a radio/alarm clock.
Caring House has a fully-equipped, community kitchen with stoves, refrigerators, microwaves, and dishwashers. The kitchen also includes small appliances, dishes, flatware and pots and pans. There is a pantry with a lockable cabinet for each guest room to store nonperishable food items. Guests are responsible for providing their own meals. Individuals or local organizations occasionally provide the evening meal.
The great room is the social center of Caring House. Guests often use the room to visit together or to entertain visitors. There is a stereo and television as well as cards, board games, and jigsaw puzzles for guest use. The great room is also a music room, with a baby grand piano for our musical guests and for concerts by visiting musicians.
Guests can borrow books during their stay to read in a cozy corner of the house or to bring to their treatment sessions. iPads are also available in this room for guests and caregivers to use to keep in touch with family, friends, and offices. This space is also used for volunteers who provide complimentary professional healing arts services such as massage, yoga and healing touch.
The laundry room has three washers and three dryers. Laundry detergent is provided, and guests may wash and dry bed linens and towels, as well as their clothing, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. There are irons and ironing board for guest use in the laundry room. A deep sink may be used for hand-washing or soaking items.
Our beautiful water garden is a peaceful, serene spot to relax and reflect. It is stocked with colorful Koi for the guests to enjoy. You will also find a vegetable garden, recently replenished with new soil, seeds and herbs. If you would like to work in the garden or feed the Koi, let us know and we’ll be happy to equip you with whatever you need to enjoy the outdoor spaces!
The Healing Garden commemorated our 10th Anniversary and was dedicated in honor of our six founding angels Barbara Booth, Frankie DuBose, Susie Leaming Huffines, Pat Joklik, Bunny Kerns, and Martha Erwin Uzzle.