Amanda’s House – A home away from home when you need it most
Have you traveled to Glens Falls Hospital to visit family or seek health care? Do you need a place nearby to stay?
Amanda’s House provides accommodations for Glens Falls Hospital patients and their families who have traveled a distance for health care.
The house is located just a few blocks (less than a mile) from the hospital. The house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The downstairs, which has one bedroom and a bathroom, as well as the house kitchen, dining and living rooms are handicap accessible.
- Be a patient or family member / close friend of a patient.
- Be able to live independently and safely.
- Live at least one hour away.
- Are free of symptoms as described in the Health and Safety Questionnaire.
- Have read, understand, and agree to the House Guidelines.
Amanda’s House provides comfortable room and board accommodation, does not provide healthcare or guest monitoring services, and is intended for individuals who can live safely and independently. There are no on-site staff. A staff member or volunteer will visit the house periodically Monday through Friday and occasionally on weekends to ensure your accommodations are comfortable. Security is available 24 hours a day by calling extension 1000 from the land line phone or 518-926-1000 from your cell phone. In the case of a health related or other emergency, call 9-1-1.
Health and Safety Questionnaire
For the health and safety of our patients, staff, and other guests please review the health and safety questionnaire by clicking here. If you answer yes to any of the questions on the form, your stay will have to be delayed until the issue(s) have subsided. Guests are asked to sign this form on arrival.
House Guidelines & Registration
Please review in their entirety the house rules we ask all guests to abide by during their stay. You can review them by clicking here. Guests are asked to sign this form upon your arrival.
For availability and reservations, please complete the application and registration form by clicking here or call: 518-792-7212
Amanda’s House is supported by generous donations from the community and guests of the house.
Amenities at Amanda’s House
- Three bedrooms, one downstairs
- Two full bathrooms, one on each floor
- Driveway with one parking space per family
- All linens (sheets, towels, blankets, etc.) provided
- Washer and dryer available for use
- Kitchen with oven, stove, microwave, toaster, coffee makers
- Cable television, alarm clocks, arm chairs, and closets in each bedroom
- Comfortable community dining room and living room
- Complimentary internet service and Wi-Fi for 2020 provided through a grant from the Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund
Amanda Rose Cafaro
December 6, 1997 – September 24, 1998
At her scheduled 4 month check-up Amanda Rose Cafaro was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia. She was admitted to Maine Medical Center and eventually transferred to Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts where, after an unsuccessful experimental bone marrow transplant, she passed away.
During her struggle, the communities in the Greater Glens Falls area rallied to the aid of Amanda and her family. To offset the extremely high cost of her treatment, numerous fund-raisers were held including Lake George’s “Amanda Week” that included a different event on 8 successive days. Prayers and good wishes were received from congregations of all denominations from Albany to the Canadian border.
After her death it was suggested that some memorial be established for this little girl who united the community in such a loving manner. Amanda’s House is that memorial.
About the House
In 2001, Finch, Pruyn & Co. rented Amanda’s House to the Amanda’s House committee for $1. For 10 months, the old house underwent major renovations. Every weekend, volunteers, both professional and amateur, would show up and give of their time and talent. Most of the materials and all of the labor was donated.
The furnishings and appliances were purchased by different organizations and individuals who ‘adopted’ a room. The house opened in 2002. Glens Falls Hospital provided much needed telecommunication support throughout the organization’s life.
The house operated for more than a decade and gave a home to hundreds of people each year. In fact, in its last year of operation as an independent organization, the house saw 900 guest nights, which was its largest year to date. The incorporated Amanda’s House could not escape the issues of the economic times and was forced to cease operations in 2013. The Board of Directors worked with Glens Falls Hospital in hopes that it could continue the house’s legacy.
Again, the community rallied around the house to save it. In 2014, the hospital, working with local business leaders, was able to raise the community support it needed. In late January 2015, Glens Falls Hospital re-opened Amanda’s House.