The Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota, is currently welcoming families into the House.

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic and changing conditions, please contact the House directly to review its current Conditions to Stay requirements.

At this time, the House can also offer support for your family with food items from the on-site Fresh Food Co-Op, on-the-go Activity Bags, and/or reservations at a local hotel if you do not meet the current Conditions to Stay requirements.

The House is here to help and to make your time in Rochester more comfortable.


  • The Ronald McDonald House provides temporary lodging for families with a patient age 18 years or younger who is receiving care at Mayo Clinic
  • The patient must be receiving medically necessary ongoing care
  • The patient must be either inpatient or an active outpatient with a minimum of 4 appointments per week
  • Families must live outside Olmsted County and cannot be a resident of Olmsted County at any point during their stay
  • The Ronald McDonald House does not provide services to pediatric patients involved in the PRC Pain Rehabilitation Clinic at Mayo Clinic
  • All new families seeking medical care for each child must obtain a referral from Mayo Clinic Social Work Department

Please Note: Anyone staying or visiting the Ronald McDonald House® of Rochester, Minnesota must be infectious disease free for 21 days

The Ronald McDonald House® of Rochester, Minnesota is filled on a first come, first serve basis. We do not take reservations because families with ill children are often not able to predict when their care will end. For all new families (who have never stayed with us before), please read and follow the steps outlined below to allow us to best serve you upon your arrival in Rochester.

Families are served on a first come, first served basis, based on your arrival in Rochester. Please contact the House Manager at 507-282-3955 as soon as you arrive in Rochester to check on availability of a room.

The Ronald McDonald House office hours are 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.  Sunday thru Saturday. If you will be arriving after 8 p.m., please contact the House Manager so we may assist with confirming lodging accommodations.

Families are encouraged to plan for a minimum of one night on our list and have a backup lodging plan in place. The Ronald McDonald House has developed partnerships with local hotels that offer discounted rates for families who are in the process of getting a room at the House.

All new families to the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota, must have a referral completed before they may be offered a room at the House.

Former Ronald McDonald House of Rochester families are also required to have a referral completed if they are seeking care for a child not previously seen or if they have not stayed at the House within the past 5 years.

While you do not need the referral to be placed on the list or to receive a discounted room rate at a hotel, we do need the referral in order to offer your family a room at the House.


  • If your child is receiving outpatient care, you can obtain the referral from a Mayo Clinic Social Worker; you can reach a Social Worker by calling Mayo Clinic Social Work at 507-284-2131
  • If your child is inpatient, you can ask for the Unit Social Worker or the On-Call Social Worker to have the referral completed while your child is in the hospital
  • The referral does need to be completed in person, as signatures are required
    • A release of information with a required signature must be completed as a part of the referral
  • Please remember to contact the House Manager at 507-282-3955 as soon as you arrive in Rochester to be placed on the list or see about open rooms

We would be happy to assist you with reservations at a local hotel. We have many hotels that offer discounted room rates to families who we are unable to serve at this time. We are able to assist you with these reservations, Sunday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., prior to your arrival in Rochester or as soon as you are in town. Please contact a House Manager at 507-282-3955.

Please call the House as soon as you are in Rochester. We will place you on our waiting list for the time that you are in Rochester. We are able to offer you and your family a bag of food and activities that we hope will help you during your stay in Rochester. When you are placed on the waiting list, we will work with you to set up a time to pick up the bag.

Other lodging options that are community living-type settings similar to the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester are:

  • Nazarene Well House (507-282-6792)
  • House of Compassion (507-289-6025)
  • Serenity House Network (507-273-0470)

We encourage you to review the Mayo Clinic website regarding COVID-19 and the steps they are taking to protect their patients during their medical care. You can find that information here:

Mayo Clinic Social Workers may be able to help connect you with appropriate resources for your visit. You can reach a Social Worker by calling Mayo Clinic Social Work at 507-284-2131.

Mayo Clinic offers a Patient Travel Service, which can either be reached by email at or by phone at 763-852-5501 or 866-551-3392. They can help with travel needs relating to: new airline reservations, changes to existing travel itineraries, hotel and car reservations, ground transportation (shuttles), and other Mayo patient discounted rates that are available.

Lastly, Mayo Clinic has a Concierge Service which can help direct and answer additional questions regarding other lodging options, transportation, things to do, local and regional attractions, etc. They are available in the Mayo Building, Lobby Level Office, by email or by phone at 507-538-8438.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to give us a call at 507-282-3955 or visit us online at

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