The Homes for the Dying, also known as Comfort Care Homes, provide compassionate care for the dying and help residents live their last days in comfort and love. The value of life at every stage is affirmed and the care provided neither hastens nor prevents death.
Care for people who are dying is provided in a home environment for two people at a time with the help of volunteers providing care at no cost to the patient or family. An exception is Francis House in Syracuse that has two homes and is able to care for eight residents at a time in each home. A Hospice nursing agency supports the care with nursing, social work, chaplain, and aide visits.
Hospice care is provided primarily at home. Many people are adamant about wanting to spend their remaining days in their own home. But it may not be an option if the person is unable to take care of themselves and has no one to help with personal care needs.
Picture a 95 year old woman who has outlived their family and friends, has been fiercely independent and is suddenly diagnosed with terminal cancer with weeks to live.
Consider the 75 year old man who suffers a catastrophic stroke, is bed bound, eligible for hospice and has weeks to live. He never married and has no children. While he has many devoted nieces and nephews, they are scattered across the country and unable to provide around-the-clock care for him in his home due to family and/or professional responsibilities.
What do you do?
Referrals are welcomed from area hospitals, physicians, social workers, case managers, discharge planners, clergy, friends and family members, neighbors and certified home health agencies.
Each Home for the Dying acts independently, choosing from the list of referred patients based on their own assessment of who has the greatest need of their help. When a home is interested in offering a bed to someone, typically the director of the house will come out to interview the person, bringing pictures of the house to help the person understand what the house might be like. If the person declines admission, the patient would be given another opportunity if a bed becomes available. There is often a wait list because of community need.
Each Comfort Care Home for the Dying is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization which offers its services at no cost to the resident. Comfort Care Homes for the Dying do not receive any medical insurance or governmental reimbursement. All financial support comes from memorials, donations, fund-raising events, grants and bequests.
Comfort Care Homes for the Dying began in Rochester in the 1980s as a unique response to a growing community need for the provision of hospice care in an alternate setting for those hospice patients who can’t receive care in their own homes. While the Greater Rochester Area is blessed to have a number of Homes for the Dying, there is often a wait list for beds. The model spread to other parts of New York.
To refer someone or arrange for a tour of a Home for the Dying in your area, use the contact phone number or email address. Learn more about a Home for the Dying in your area on their website.
1203 Kemble Street Utica, NY 13501
Phone: 315-733-8210 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
1010 Moseley Rd. Fairport, NY 14450
Phone: 585-223-6112 Email: email@example.com
2495 S. Union Street P.O. Box 21 Spencerport, NY 14559
Phone: 585-617-4863 Email: Info@aurorahousewmc.com
3880 Rush-Mendon Road Mendon, NY 14506
Phone: 585-624-8070 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PO Box 403, 11 Liberty Street, Batavia, NY 14021
Phone: (585)-343-3892 Email: email@example.com
108 and 114 Michaels Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13208
479 Rowland St., Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Phone: (518) 654-5403 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
141 East State Street Wellsville, NY 14895
Phone: 585-596-1045 Email: HartHouse@roadrunner.com
7824 County Rd. #33, Naples NY, 14512
Phone: 585-374-2090 Email: info@HospeaceHouse.org
33 Henry Street Glens Falls, NY 12801
Phone: 518-793-8509 Email: email@example.com
14 Spring Street Clifton Springs, NY 14432
Phone: 315-462-5646 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
71 Prince Street Rochester, NY 14605
Phone: 585-232-5221 Email: email@example.com
22 Glenview Dr. PO Box 2122 Scotia, NY 12302
Phone: 518-346-5471 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
994 Long Pond Road Rochester, NY 14626
Phone: 585-225-1240 Email: email@example.com
PO Box 107 Penn Yan, NY 14527 (35 Rt 54, East Lake Rd.)
Phone: 315-536-1690 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
224 Fair St., Newark, NY 14513
Phone: Opening soon
5160 Parrish Street Extension, Canandaigua, NY 14424
Phone: (585)393-1311 Email: email@example.com
35 New Street Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Phone: 518-584-9397 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
43 Metcalf Drive Auburn, NY 13021
Phone: 315-252-2052 Email: Info@matthewhouse.org
4 Planet Street Rochester, NY 14606
Phone: 585-458-6508 Email: email@example.com
c/o St. Mary of the Assumption 99 Main St., PO Box 73 Scottsville, NY 14546
Phone: 585-370-5518 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
1529 State Route 414, Seneca Falls, NY 13148
2378 Ridge Road Ontario, NY 14519
Phone: 315-524-2388 Email: directorPOP@rochester.rr.com
1278 Brace Road Victor, NY 14564
Phone: 585-924-5840 Email: email@example.com
1959 Five Mile Line Rd. Penfield, NY 14526
Phone: 585-381-0890 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
813 Marshall Rd Chili, NY
3746 St. Paul Blvd. Rochester, NY 14617
Phone: 585-467-3524 Email: email@example.com
21 Highland Avenue Geneseo, NY 14454
Phone: 585-243-1978 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
310 2nd Avenue, P.O. Box 566 Wayland, NY 14572
Phone: 585-728-2427 Email: email@example.com
700 Holt Rd. Webster, NY 14580
Phone: 585-872-5290 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hospice House Network is a virtual community of hospice professionals, volunteers and others who share an abiding interest in the provision of hospice care in an alternate setting for those hospice patients who can’t receive care in their own homes. As the community need grows, there is a need for additional Comfort Care Homes for the Dying and other home-like solutions.
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