The Sunset House is a home for the dying located in the generous community of Irondequoit, a suburb of Rochester, NY. The home was founded in 1990 with the help of Jim and Gail Nealon after the passing of their 16 year old daughter Jennifer. The Nealon's committed themselves to establishing a local residence where those with an end stage illness could receive dignified comfort care in a home like setting.


The home is a community outreach ministry which provides palliative (comfort) care for those beyond curative or aggressive treatment. The resident maintains control and is assisted through this time of transition. We are there to support, so as to decrease the stress and anxiety of the residents and their families.

We are privately incorporated, not-for-profit, home for the care of the terminally ill. The Sunset House does not receive funding from government agencies or third party payments from insurance. 100% of all our funding comes from charitable sources.

At the Sunset House, we offer a dedicated staff of health professionals and volunteers 24 hours/7 days a week. We address each resident’s physical, spiritual, emotional and social needs to make every day count. Our desire is to provide a home setting of personal care and warmth where death can be approached as symptom free as possible. We do not hasten or postpone death but treat it as a natural part of life.

Our residents and their families actively participate in the decision making process pertaining to care, to ensure and maintain as high a quality of life as possible. Friends and volunteers serve as an extended family and are all involved with all levels of care.