Keuka Comfort Care Home in Penn Yan, NY — Hospice ©fancy iPhone photography
Supporting the Penn Yan Community
This week I was lucky enough to teach at the Art Center of Yates County for the third time in the past four years. This small community has a huge heart. Not only did they bring me up to teach, but they put me up in a cabin on the lake, they loaned me their kayaks, they took me into their homes for dinner, and they rented me a road bike so that I could get my workout in every day.
Two years ago I competed in the local Red Cross Keuka Olympic Distance Triathlon in honor of a board member of the Art Center who lost his life on his bike. It was Flick who had facilitated my bike rental the first year I came to teach. I wanted to show my support of the community and pay my respects to his family and friends by competing in his memory. You can read a great story about it at the Chronicle Express website.
The Power of Giving–Time and Money
I was all in.
I love the idea of giving back to this community that has been so generous to me over the years. And I believe we all should support a good cause when we have the opportunity to do so. KCCH is a non profit organization that is totally supported by the community, this fund raiser of a cross lake swim was right up my alley, it really was a no-brainer.
Thank YOU for Your Support
I want to take a moment to thank ALL OF YOU who donated to the KCCH in my name. I was able to raise over $1000 for this amazing place. That number made me the fifth highest fund raising individual swimmer, of which I am very proud. It also makes me the proud owner of a beautiful navy blue Krossin’ Keuka blanket, something that comes in handy at night in Upstate NY — even in the summer.
Thank you for helping to keep this Floridian warm, the water is warmer than the air at times here on the lake.
If you have ever taken one of my Paper Paintings Collage Workshops, thank YOU for supporting me, for allowing me to come to Upstate NY and other amazing places along my Art Journey. I couldn’t do it without you.
Taking a Tour of the House
The Friday before my swim I went to the KCCH to meet Maureen, who reached out to me and offered a tour of the Keuka Comfort Care Home. I met her on my way home via my rented road bike. The sky looked stormy. Despite the weather, I found Maureen pulling weeds from the garden surrounding the sign at the end of the driveway.
Maureen showed me around the house and the grounds, giving me a little history along the way. She was proud to share that the Home has over 100 volunteers, which is amazing because they have only two beds. There is a maximum of two residents at the KCCH.
Maureen shared with me that the KCCH has been open since 2007, both the home and the land were donated. This state-of-the-art terminal care facility was drafted and adapted from borrowed plans, erected entirely by volunteers, and constructed at roughly one-third of budget due to an unusually large number of in-kind donations from local contractors and suppliers. After nine months of extraordinary communal efforts, the Keuka Comfort Care Home was ready to accept its first residents on its bucolic hillside overlooking Keuka Lake.
Throughout the year, there are fundraisers to keep the place going, there is no state money, no insurance billing or family billing. They strive for two volunteers per shift, and draw from over 100 volunteers who not only work with people, but who also work with the grounds, and the house.
If you come to the Village of Penn Yan, you might be able to support KCCH through a Cookie Walk in December, a Pig Roast and a Pie Wheel in September, a Garage Sale in June, or the biggest money maker of all… the swim. Krossin’ Keuka has 200 swimmers this year and the goal is to raise $50,000. After all, the operating costs of the KCCH are about $200,000 per year. This covers salaries, utilities, supplies, food, etc.
What is Comfort Care?
The focus of comfort care is to alleviate symptoms rather than trying to cure or change the course of a terminal illness. With that in mind, the folks at KCCH do not use IV fluid for hydration, tube feedings nor CPR. Both the resident and family need to understand and agree to these guidelines before admission.
A primary focus of this ministry is to make each resident as pain-free and symptom-free as possible. They do nothing to hasten or prolong the person’s natural dying process.
Ready for the Swim
The cross lake swim is Saturday, I hit the water around 7am. Turns out I am in the Purple Pod, that means my swim cap will be my favorite color. Good things come back to people who put good stuff out there, they really do.
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