FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
To whom do you offer services? Is it a financially based decision?
Abraham House is designed to care for individuals who have reached the end of curative therapy options, are seeking comfort care at the end of life, and need around the clock loving care. Abraham House provides personal care, based closely on the model of caring for a loved one at home. We welcome all individuals regardless of diagnosis, gender, religion, race or financial status. Admission to Abraham House is not based on income. We provide care to only two guests at a time so each guest can receive compassionate and individualized care. An individual who was considering his options for care said to his family, “I want to die where I matter. Please take me to Abraham House.” These words exemplify our mission.
I would like to take a tour of Abraham House, is this possible?
It is possible to tour Abraham House. However, because of the nature of our organization we ask that you call first so that we can ask our guests’ permission to have outside visitors. Maintaining our guests dignity, privacy and comfort is our first priority.
Is it possible for families to stay at the Abraham House with their loved one?
Yes. With the ability to host two families at a time, Abraham House is able to provide free accommodations to family members wishing to stay right at the home. We have full living quarters located in the upstairs section of the home. We also have an easy lift chair in the guests room if family members wish to stay right alongside their loved one. Family members are allowed to visit 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Any visitors outside of the immediate family are asked to call ahead of time for permission to visit to ensure our guests are not overwhelmed or exhausted. Again, our main goal is the comfort and dignity of our guests.
Are pets allowed to visit?
We do allow pets to visit who are flea and disease free and up to date on all immunizations.
Who provides direct care at Abraham House?
All care given at Abraham House is provided by volunteers or staff members who are trained to provide the best possible care. We change caregivers every four hours during our day shifts so our caregivers come in renewed and refreshed. Our overnight shift from 11-7 is usually manned by one caregiver. Interested individuals do not need to have any healthcare experience to become a volunteer – just an open heart and a willingness to learn how to care for another person. We help volunteers do the rest!
Does a patient have to be under the care of a healthcare agency to be admitted to Abraham House?
Yes, currently we require that our guest be a patient of Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. We coordinate care with our local Hospice to ensure our guests are receiving the highest quality care. The Hospice Nurse sets up our guests’ medications and coordinates care between the Hospice team, our team and our guest’s own physician. Hospice is available through their on-call system 24 hours a day if we have any questions or concerns. We can admit guests who are currently in the hospital, a nursing home, or at home. If you are not currently a Hospice patient, you can be admitted to Hospice and to our House at the same time without delay. Please call Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. Admissions at 315-735-6484 for assessment of your need for our collaborative services.
Why are you raising money for the Abraham House?
All services at Abraham House are offered absolutely free of charge. We also do not receive insurance reimbursement for our services. We have been working diligently to increase our occupancy rate, which means offering more services to more terminally ill people and their families. This also means that we have the associated increased expenses. We rely on the financial generosity of the community through individual donations, memorial donations, small grants and fundraising events in order to continue operating.
I would like to make a donation in the memory of a loved one, is this possible?
We have donation envelopes at the House or you can request they be sent to you. Donation envelopes can be used for donations of cash, checks or credit cards. We accept Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards. You can also send a check to Abraham House at 1203 Kemble Street, Utica, NY 13501. Please identify who the donation is in memory of and the full name and address of the person who you want Abraham House to notify that a donation was made in memory of their loved one. (Donation amounts are kept confidential). You will also receive a thank you letter for your donation that can be used for tax purposes. Donations can also be made through PayPal via our website at www.theabrahamhouse.org.
Do we accept general donations?
In addition to memorial donations, Abraham House also accepts general donations to help us continue our mission of providing the best possible care for our terminally ill guests. We accept Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards or you can send a check to Abraham House at 1203 Kemble Street, Utica, NY 13501.
Consider giving a planned gift to Abraham House to ensure our continued mission. Planned Gifts include bequests through a will, setting up a charitable remainder trust, naming Abraham House as beneficiary to life insurance policies or retirement plans and/or gifts of tangible personal property. Please consult your own legal, accounting, estate, and other professional advisors as you consider options for giving to Abraham House. We feel privileged that you are interested in supporting the loving care we give to the terminally ill.
Please contact Gina Ciaccia · Abraham House Executive Director
(315) 733-8210 or firstname.lastname@example.org
1203 Kemble Street Utica NY 13501