About Matthew House

Matthew House is a two bed, not-for-profit, non-denominational home for people who are terminally ill and who, for a variety of reasons, can no longer remain in their own homes. Under the guidance of a community -based board of directors, we open our home and our hearts to provide a loving space where we can support the residents and their loved ones as they journey toward a dignified death.

All care is given with compassion, respect, awareness and a sensitivity for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the person. Hospice of the Finger Lakes provides the medical management services to residents as if they were in their own home. Matthew House and Hospice of the Finger Lakes are separate entities with a working affiliation.

Our house, your home.

Residents of Cayuga County and surrounding areas are welcome at Matthew House. Residents may be referred by agencies such as Hospice, area hospitals, private physicians or family members. Residents of Matthew House will not be charged for their care. We provide our services free of charge and rely solely on donations, memorials, fundraisers and grants to carry out our mission. The Executive Director manages the day-to-day operations of Matthew House.

Criteria for admission include a physician's diagnosis of terminal illness, along with prognosis of three months or less (non cancer diagnosis would need a prognosis of two months or less). All referrals are screened by the Executive Director. Potential residents and their families will then meet with the Executive Director and or the Manager of Resident Services to discuss Matthew House services and a potential plan of care. Potential residents must have no extraordinary medical care needs and must be able to be safely managed in a home setting.

Resident selection will be based upon the person or situation presenting the most significant and immediate need. Matthew House reserves the right to make final decisions on the appropriateness of all admissions.


The Matthew House mission is to provide a home for people with terminal illness to die with dignity and in comfort.

Penny's Bluebird, just outside the living room window.

Penny's Bluebird, just outside the living room window.