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.

Hildegard House is located at 114 Adams Street
in a
quaint section of the historic Butchertown neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky. Our home was once the Ursuline convent for the sisters that taught at St. Joseph School.




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Infinite Compassion

Hildegard House allows the helpless to 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, 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.”



By Mariah Kline, Voice Tribune

Photos by Kathryn Harrington


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.

To read more about the award, click here.


    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.




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    Paper goods

    Facial tissues

    Toilet paper

    Paper towels


    Personal Care

    Wet wipes - unscented

    Bottles of hand soap or refill for liquid soap dispensers - unscented

    Depends size large and XL


    Cleaning Supplies

    Pine Sol

    Disinfectant spray (Lysol, Clorox)

    Disinfectant wipes




    Bath towels

    Hand towels

    Wash cloths

    Twin sheet sets


    Kitchen/ Food Items

    Dish sponges

    Bottles of water

    Sugar, Equal, and Splenda packets

    Coffee Filters


    K Cups (coffee)

    Plastic utensils

    Canned soup

    Canned Vegetables

    Gift cards to Staples and

    Kroger are also very helpful!

4 ways to give.....

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A percentage of everything you buy at Kroger supports Hildegard House!


Our Values

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.

 We believe every person's life is sacred event to the last moment.

We believe that hospice and other organizations are valuable partners.

We believe we are a vital resource to the community and can rely on its support.


What We Do

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 are a 501 (c)3 charitable organization and are funded entirely by donations. We will not bill Medicare, private insurance or individuals.


Referral Process


We receive referrals directly from individuals, family members, hospice staff, doctors and hospitals.

An individual's choice to  become a resident at Hildegard House is voluntary and there is  no obligation to stay.

For more information about  becoming a resident of Hildegard House, contact

Karen Cassidy, Executive  Director


Our 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 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 chaplain. Meals, housekeeping and companionship are a part of their home setting at the Hildegard House.

For more information on our support services or how you might be able to engage your time and talent in helping us offer these services, contact us at



Our Board

We are grateful to have a passionate Board of Directors. Their generous giving of time and talent allows us to continue to stay focused on our mission and grow strategically.


Stephen E. Sage, Chair

Missy Stober, Vice Chair

Joanne Weis, Secretary

Carl Herde, Treasurer

Betty J. Adkins

Julie Boatright

Wes Burgiss

Beverly Glascock

Jennifer Glassner

Sr. Janet Marie Peterworth

Marty Robinson

Donna Trabue

Chuck Anderson, MD, Medical Director


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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:

Karen  Cassidy, Executive Director


114 Adams Street

Louisville, KY 40206

If you would like to be part of our family and wish to devote your time, talent or treasure, please give us some information below so we can contact you.




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Contact Us

Our Location:

Hildegard House

114 Adams Street

Louisville, KY 40206


Mail To:

Hildegard House

PO Box 5613

Louisville, KY 40255


Personal Contact:

Karen Cassidy,  Ex Dir


114 Adams Street

Louisville, KY 40206

Artwork by Marcy Hall

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.