FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


ABOUT COMFORT CARE


What is comfort care?

The goal of comfort care is to prevent and/or alleviate suffering during the dying process. Comfort care does nothing to hasten or prolong a person’s natural dying process. It is similar to palliative care in that its goal is to minimize pain and suffering. However, palliative care can be received by patients at any time, whether their illness is terminal or not. Comfort care focuses solely on end-of-life care.

Why choose a comfort care home over a nursing home, hospital, or home care?

Most people would rather spend their final days in their own home than in a nursing home or hospital.   However, caregiving for terminally ill individuals can be overwhelming to their family and friends.   A comfort care home provides an alternative to traditional nursing homes or hospitals, providing care in a home-like setting and giving the resident’s family and friends a break from the strain of providing care.

How many residents will Bampa’s House assist at one time?

Up to two residents are cared for at any one time.

How many beds are there in a Comfort Care Home in New York?

A Comfort Care Home as regulated by New York State has two beds.

How many beds are there in a Hospice House in New York?

A Hospice House as regulated by New York State has three or more beds.

Does anyone ever go home from a Comfort Care Home

Yes, there are a few people who actually get better under this type of care. Some have been moved to Palliative care at other facilities.


BAMPA’S HOUSE DETAILS


Why does Corning need a comfort care home?

There are few options for people needing end-of-life care in the Corning area.  Bampa’s House will provide an alternate to the Corning area residents.  The next closest comfort care homes are over 45 miles away.  Friends and family should not have to drive that far to be there for their loved ones during their final days.

How far away is the nearest Comfort Care Home to Corning

The nearest home in Steuben County is in Wayland, NY, about 45 miles away from Corning.

Why are we calling Corning Comfort Care “Bampa’s House”

The home will be called Bampa’s House because it is being established in honor of Jim Dugan, a native of Corning, whose grandchildren nicknamed him Bampa.

Will Bampa’s House residents share a room

No. It is not necessary for any residents to share a room.

What will be the visiting hours at Bampa’s House

Visiting hours are not limited. Families or close friends may even stay overnight if needed.

Who prepares meals for the residents

Bampa’s House will provide a stocked kitchen. Volunteers prepare meals for the residents. Families are also welcome to cook.


ELIGIBILITY


Who will be able to stay at Bampa’s House?

Bampa’s House is a home for terminally ill individuals who are near death. Admission to Bampa’s House will be based on the demonstrated need of the applicant, and preference will be given to terminally ill individuals who cannot receive adequate care at home. Bampa’s House can accommodate up to two residents at a time. Each resident will have their own private room and bathroom. There will also be shared spaces including a fully stocked kitchen, dining area, and family room that the residents can enjoy with their family and friends. There will even be room for family members to stay with their loved ones if desired.

What is the life expectancy to be eligible for care in a Comfort Care Home

Life expectancy is three months or less.

Will a resident have to be from the Corning-Painted Post area to stay at Bampa’s House

No. Residents may come from anywhere as long as they are eligible and a bed is open. Those will the most need take priority.

Does Bampa’s House serve only people with cancer or only adults

No. Bampa’s House serves terminally ill individuals regardless of diagnosis or age.

Are there people who would not be appropriate for a Comfort Care Home

Yes, there are. Some examples are: people who have contagious illnesses, people who require isolation, or people who have open wounds or severe dysfunction.

Where do referrals come from for a Comfort Care Home

Referrals are typically from a physician, a hospital, or the local Hospice Provider.


SERVICES, STAFFING, VOLUNTEERS


What services will Bampa’s House provide to its residents?

Bampa’s House will serve as a residence for terminally ill individuals. Care is provided by trained volunteer caregivers and the resident’s family and friends. CareFirst, the local hospice organization, will be responsible for the provision of hospice care to residents. Bampa’s House is not a nursing facility, hospital, or treatment center; rather, it is a comfortable, home-like environment. Its focus is on comfort care. The staff and volunteers at Bampa’s House will not administer IV fluid for hydration, tube feedings, or CPR. They will, however, do their best to alleviate symptoms and make the resident as comfortable as possible.

Will the work at Bampa’s House be done by volunteers or will there be a staff?

In addition to the volunteers, there are usually 2-3 employees, including a Director, a Volunteer Coordinator, and a Fundraising Coordinator. Volunteers typically provide care for the residents as well as cleaning, lawn care, cooking, etc.

Who will provide the Hospice services at Bampa’s House?

Hospice services will be provided by CareFirst, the professional Hospice provider for Steuben, Chemung, and Schuyler Counties.

What is the difference between the care provided by the Bampa's House volunteers and the Hospice Care provided by CareFirst for Bampa's House residents?

Bampa's House volunteers and staff are surrogate caretakers for our residents, providing 24/7 care similar to what a loved one would provide in the patient's own home. Bampa's House also provides the physical home for our residents.

CareFirst employees provide support to supplement the 24/7 care already provided by our home. Their services are federal and state certified and may extend to include nursing, spiritual care, social work, and counseling, depending on the individual's needs. Their services are offered in many different settings, including comfort care homes.

How many volunteers are needed to staff a Comfort Care Home for a week, just for resident care?

Volunteers usually take the hours from 5am-9pm. They work for four hours at a time, and up to two volunteers may be needed at one time. Therefore, 56 volunteers are needed per week.

How are volunteers recruited for a Comfort Care Home?

Volunteers come from many sources. Some from newspaper ads, others are word of mouth, friends of friends, etc.

What are the time slots that volunteers can fill?

Volunteers are welcome to fill any four hour slot. Typically, the late night/early morning shift is filled by per-diem staff.


FINANCIAL QUESTIONS


Is Bampa’s House a non-profit organization?

Yes! Bampa’s House is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization.

How much will residents pay to stay at Bampa’s House?

Nothing! Neither residents nor their families will be charged for use of the home. Bampa’s House is supported through monetary and in-kind donations, grants, and fundraising efforts.

What is an average annual budget for a Comfort Care Home in New York?

While this depends a good deal on the various utilities, salaries, etc., a good average is $225,000-$250,000.

How will the annual operating costs of Bampa’s House be generated?

This is a community funded service. Funds come from several sources including annual fundraisers, corporate sponsorships, annual appeals to the community, and other sources.