Providing a home and compassionate care for individuals at the end of life who have no home or loved ones to care for them so that they may die with dignity.
It takes an exceptional person to work with those in poor health. It takes an even more exceptional person to work with those who are dying. The team at Hildegard House is made up of just such individuals who provide care and support for those who have no one else.
Hildegard House is Kentucky’s first and only comfort care home. The house welcomed its first resident in July 2016, and since then, 70 people have lived out their final days there. The institution is named after Hildegard of Bingen, a German Benedictine abbess who lived
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Karen Cassidy, Executive Director, has received the 2018 AARP Purpose Prize Award .
“The AARP Purpose Prize is all about a new story of aging — focusing on experience and innovation and the idea that our aging population is an untapped resource full of possibilities,” said AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins.
“AARP Purpose Prize winners and nominees are role models. They are makers and doers who are out there creating new solutions that make the world a better place for people of all ages.”
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Hildegard House, a non-profit organization providing a home and compassionate care for individuals at the end of life in Louisville, has received the 26th annual Monroe E. Trout Premier Cares Award and a $100,000 cash prize from Premier Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC), a leading healthcare improvement company.
The award is sponsored by Premier and its alliance of approximately 3,900 hospitals and health systems and approximately 150,000 other provider organizations, the Premier Cares Award recognizes exemplary efforts by not-for-profit community organizations to improve the health of populations in need.
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We believe every dying individual should have as much relief from pain as possible.
We believe no one should have to die alone or lonely.
We believe a loving home enables death to be a part of a personal story rather than a medical event.
We believe dignity and comfort are an important part of the end of life.
Hildegard House provides a home, quality end-of-life care and access to hospice services for people during the last three months of life. We are family to those who have no loved ones to care for them during this sacred time.
Hildegard House provides short-term, end-of- life care to adults of all ages. We serve people of all faiths and those of no faith. Each resident has a hospice team. We fill a critical gap in care without duplicating services.
We are a resource for the entire community. Our services are free as a charitable organization with a mission of compassion and hospitality.
We receive referrals directly from individuals, family members, hospice staff, doctors and hospitals.
To live at Hildegard House, an individual must accept hospice services.
We are, with the help of our community and our volunteers, the only place of emotional, spiritual, and social support for a dying person who otherwise has no home or loved ones to care for them. The services at Hildegard House are designed to help support the quality of living throughout the dying process. We believe every moment matters and strive to provide a home setting with comfort and support while respecting the dignity of every resident.
How You Can Help
The heart of Hildegard House is volunteers. We need lots of them, and with a wide range of skill sets. Whether you are a musician, a good cook or a person who can give true companionship, please contact us. If you think you might wish to help but do not know how to engage, please contact us. Your talent and time are precious to you and to us and they will go to serve a wonderful purpose.
A special group of volunteers are the Compassionate Companions. They commit to a 5 hour shift per week and become a community of caregivers and companions for the residents. If you are interested in our next Compassionate Companion training program, please complete the volunteer form.
For More Information, Contact:
Jana McNally, Volunteer Coordinator
114 Adams Street
Louisville, KY 40206
Hildegard of Bingen, a medieval German Benedictine mystic, is the patroness of Hildegard House . She practiced hospitality, and coined the word “Viriditas” , the Divine energy, the greening power of God. She believed all life carries Divine energy. Assisting a dying person to experience a home, extended family, death with dignity and the Divine energy during the dying process is a supreme act of hospitality.