Comfort Care Homes for the Dying

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.

Addressing a Community Need

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 and Admission Decisions

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.

Homes for the Dying in New York

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.

Abraham House

1203 Kemble Street Utica, NY 13501

Phone: 315-733-8210 Email:

Advent House

1010 Moseley Rd. Fairport, NY 14450

Phone: 585-223-6112 Email:


Aurora House

2495 S. Union Street P.O. Box 21 Spencerport, NY 14559

Phone: 585-617-4863 Email:


3880 Rush-Mendon Road Mendon, NY 14506

Phone: 585-624-8070 Email:

Crossroads House

PO Box 403, 11 Liberty Street, Batavia, NY 14021

Phone: (585)-343-3892 Email:

Francis House

108 and 114 Michaels Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13208

Phone: 315-475-5422 Email:

Gateway House of Peace

479 Rowland St., Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Phone: (518) 450-1273 Email:

Hart Comfort House (also called) Comfort House of Alleghany County

141 East State Street Wellsville, NY 14895

Phone: 585-596-1045 Email:

Hospeace House

7824 County Rd. #33, Naples NY, 14512

Phone: 585-374-2090 Email:

House of Grace of the Adirondacks

33 Henry Street Glens Falls, NY 12801

Phone: 518-793-8509 Email: 

House of John

14 Spring Street, Clifton Springs, NY 14432

Phone: 315-462-5646 Email:

Isaiah House

71 Prince Street Rochester, NY 14605

Phone: 585-232-5221 Email:

Joan Nicole Prince House

22 Glenview Dr. PO Box 2122 Scotia, NY 12302

Phone: 518-346-5471 Email:

Journey Home

994 Long Pond Road Rochester, NY 14626

Phone: 585-225-1240 Email:

Keuka Comfort Care Home

Mailing Address: PO Box 107 Penn Yan, NY 14527

Physical Address: 35 Route 54, East Lake Rd., Penn Yann, NY 14527

Phone: 315-536-1690 Email:

Laurel House Comfort Care Home

224 Fair St., Newark, NY  14513

Phone: 315-573-7028 Email:

Light Hill

5160 Parrish Street Extension, Canandaigua, NY 14424

Phone: 585-393-1311 Email:

Mary’s Haven

35 New Street Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Phone: 518-584-9397 Email:

Matthew House

43 Metcalf Drive Auburn, NY 13021

Phone: 315-252-2052 Email:

Mt. Carmel House, Inc.

288 Frisbee Hill Road, Hilton, NY 14468

Phone: 585-366-4949 Email:

Patrick Place

Mailing Address: c/o St. Mary of the Assumption 99 Main St., PO Box 73 Scottsville, NY 14546

Physical Address: 2006 Scottsville-Chili Road Scotsville, NY 14546

Phone: 585-889-0040 Email:

Pathway Home of the Finger Lakes

1529 State Route 414, Seneca Falls, NY 13148

Phone 315-257-0307

Pines of Peace, Inc.

2378 Ridge Road Ontario, NY 14519

Phone: 315-524-2388 Email:

Serenity House

1278 Brace Road Victor, NY 14564

Phone: 585-924-5840 Email:

Shepherd Home

1959 Five Mile Line Rd. Penfield, NY 14526

Phone: 585-381-0890 Email:

Story of Hope CCH

Opening Soon at 813 Marshall Rd Chili, NY


Sunset House

3746 St. Paul Blvd. Rochester, NY 14617

Phone: 585-467-3524 Email:

Teresa House

21 Highland Road Geneseo, NY 14454

Phone: 585-243-1978 Email:

Vincent House

310 Second Avenue Wayland, NY 14572

Phone: 585-728-2427 Email:

Webster Comfort Care Home

700 Holt Rd. Webster, NY 14580

Phone: 585-872-5290 Email:


Additional Resources

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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