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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.

Funding

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: info@theabrahamhouse.org

http://www.theabrahamhouse.org



Advent House


1010 Moseley Rd. Fairport, NY 14450

Phone: 585-223-6112 Email: theadventhouse@frontiernet.net

http://www.theadventhouse.org/



 

Aurora House


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

Phone: 585-617-4863 Email: Info@aurorahousewmc.com

http://www.aurorahousewmc.com



Benincasa


3880 Rush-Mendon Road Mendon, NY 14506

Phone: 585-624-8070 Email: benicasa@frontiernet.net

http://www.benincasainc.org



Crossroads House


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

Phone: (585)-343-3892 Email: ofc1@crossroadshouse.com

http://www.crossroadshouse.com



Francis House


108 and 114 Michaels Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13208

Phone: 315-475-5422

http://francishouseny.org/



Gateway House of Peace


479 Rowland St., Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Phone: (518) 654-5403 Email: info@gatewayhouseofpeace.org

http://www.gatewayhouseofpeace.org/



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


141 East State Street Wellsville, NY 14895

Phone: 585-596-1045 Email: HartHouse@roadrunner.com

http://comforthouseofalleganycounty.org



Hospeace House


7824 County Rd. #33, Naples NY, 14512

Phone: 585-374-2090 Email: info@HospeaceHouse.org

https://www.hospeacehouse.org/



House of Grace of the Adirondacks


33 Henry Street Glens Falls, NY 12801

Phone: 518-793-8509 Email: info@houseofgrace.org

http://www.stjosephshouseofgrace.org/ 



House of John


14 Spring Street Clifton Springs, NY 14432

Phone: 315-462-5646 Email: house@houseofjohn.org

http://www.houseofjohn.org



Isaiah House


71 Prince Street Rochester, NY 14605

Phone: 585-232-5221 Email: isaiahhouse@rochester.rr.com

http://theisaiahhouse.org



Joan Nicole Prince House


22 Glenview Dr. PO Box 2122 Scotia, NY 12302

Phone: 518-346-5471 Email: admin1jnp@nycap.rr.com

http://www.joannicoleprincehome.org/



Journey Home


994 Long Pond Road Rochester, NY 14626

Phone: 585-225-1240 Email: journeyhome994@gmail.com

http://www.journeyhomegreece.org



Keuka Comfort Care Home


PO Box 107 Penn Yan, NY 14527 (35 Rt 54, East Lake Rd.)

Phone: 315-536-1690 Email: info@keukacomfortcarehome.org

http://keukacomfortcarehome.org



Laurel House Comfort Care Home


224 Fair St., Newark, NY  14513

Phone: Opening soon

http://laurelhousecomfortcare.org/



Light Hill


5160 Parrish Street Extension, Canandaigua, NY 14424

Phone: (585)393-1311 Email: lighthillstaff@gmail.com

http://lighthillhome.org/



Mary’s Haven


35 New Street Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Phone: 518-584-9397 Email: maryshaven@verizon.net

http://www.maryshaven.org/



Matthew House


43 Metcalf Drive Auburn, NY 13021

Phone: 315-252-2052 Email: Info@matthewhouse.org

http://www.matthewhouse.org



Mt. Carmel House, Inc.


4 Planet Street Rochester, NY 14606

Phone: 585-458-6508 Email: hmountcarmeljoyce@rochester.rr

http://www.mtcarmelhouse.com/



Patrick Place


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

Phone: 585-370-5518 Email: info@patrickplace.org

http://patrickplace.org



Pathway Home of the Finger Lakes


1529 State Route 414, Seneca Falls, NY 13148

Phone 315-257-0307

http://pathwayhome.org/



Pines of Peace, Inc.


2378 Ridge Road Ontario, NY 14519

Phone: 315-524-2388 Email: directorPOP@rochester.rr.com

http://www.pinesofpeace.org



Serenity House


1278 Brace Road Victor, NY 14564

Phone: 585-924-5840 Email: director@serenity-house.org

http://www.serenity-house.org



Shepherd Home


1959 Five Mile Line Rd. Penfield, NY 14526

Phone: 585-381-0890 Email: betsy@shepherdhome.org

http://www.shepherdhome.org



Story of Hope CCH


813 Marshall Rd Chili, NY

Opening Soon

https://www.storyofhoperochester.com/


 


Sunset House


3746 St. Paul Blvd. Rochester, NY 14617

Phone: 585-467-3524 Email: director@sunsethouse.info

http://www.sunsethouse.info



Teresa House


21 Highland Avenue Geneseo, NY 14454

Phone: 585-243-1978 Email: office@teresahouse.org

ccook@teresahouse.org

http://www.teresahouse.org/



Vincent House


310 2nd Avenue, P.O. Box 566 Wayland, NY 14572

Phone: 585-728-2427 Email: vincenth@frontiernet.net

http://www.thevincenthouse.org



Webster Comfort Care Home


700 Holt Rd. Webster, NY 14580

Phone: 585-872-5290 Email: wcch@rochester.rr.com

http://www.webstercomfortcare.org


 


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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