About Matthew House

Opened in 2002, Matthew House is a two-bed comfort-care home for terminally ill individuals in their final days of life. Professional staff and trained volunteers offer loving care to our residents, as well as support and comfort to their loved ones. 

A separate local hospice agency provides professional medical management for residents, just as if they were in their own homes. We are non-denominational, not-for-profit, and are guided by a community-based board of directors.

Our house, your home.

Residents of Cayuga County and surrounding areas may be admitted to Matthew House. They may be referred by a hospice agency, hospital discharge planner, nursing home or private physician. Referrals may also come from family members or friends.

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.

Matthew House services are provided free of charge, with no public funding or insurance reimbursement. Our availability depends entirely on contributions by donors and volunteers. We are grateful for the heartfelt generosity that has sustained us for well over a decade.


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

We open our home and our hearts to provide a loving space where we support the residents and their loved ones as they journey toward a dignified death. This care is given with compassion, respect and with awareness and sensitivity for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the person.

Matthew House is a not for profit, non-denominational comfort care home that is staffed by volunteers. We provide our services free of charge and rely solely on donations, memorials, fundraisers and grants to carry out our mission.

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

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