We provide a final place, a loving place, they can call home. A place where compassion, companionship, peace and dignity await them in their final stage of life.
We believe life is a gift from God. Such a gift makes all life precious even to the end. Our goal is to provide hospitality to people at the end of life who have no loved ones or home.
We are so proud of Karen! She is a recipient of this year’s WLKY Bell Awards. Each year WLKY is committed to bringing awareness and recognition to a select set of volunteers in our community. Karen’s vision for a better community along with her tireless efforts both in time and talent has earned her this prestigious award. We are so proud of Karen who follows the path of servitude forged by her mother, Barbara, whom also, through her devotion to community and volunteer work was a Bell Award recipient.
Whereas the mission of Hildegard House is to provide compassion and care to individuals at the very end of life that have no loved ones and no home so that they die with dignity.
Whereas, we believe that “compassion is an unwavering commitment to the good of humanity. Compassion is care in action: it is a process and way of being, not an end state. Compassion is not always how someone acts, but why someone acts although one must be present with the other: intention and action”.
Whereas, we believe that no one should suffer pain or other symptoms when comfort is possible.
Whereas, we believe that dignity and comfort are an important part of life.
Whereas, we believe that a loving, homey environment enables death to be a part of a personal, family story rather than a medical event.
Hildegard House provides a loving home, quality end-of-life care and access to hospice services to people in need. We are family to those who have no loved ones in the final stages of their life.
Hildegard House provides services free of charge as a charitable organization with a mission of compassion and hospitality.
Hildegard House provides short-term, end-of-life care to people of all ages. Residents must be enrolled in a hospice program.
Our cooperative relationship with Hosparus of Louisville enables us to fill a critical gap in care without duplicating available services
We receive referrals directly from individuals, family members, hospice staff, doctors and hospitals. Once added to the waiting list, we gather medical information from your hospice and determine if we can meet your needs.
Eligibility to become a resident at Hildegard House is predicated on being enrolled in a hospice program and the availability of a room for them to live in.
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 nothing. 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.
Every resident has access to a hospice team, a nurse, a nurse’s aide, a social worker and a
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:
Abbie Trowbridge, 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.