3532 Ephraim McDowell Drive
Louisville, KY, 40205
Hosparus helps people face end-of-life issues with as much care and thought as any other milestone in life – so they can enjoy quality of life as much as possible.
Hosparus is a fully accredited, nonprofit organization that provides care, comfort and counseling for people facing life-limiting illnesses in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Hosparus operates as The Community Hospices of Louisville, Southern Indiana and Central Kentucky..
We are the region's leading hospice care provider and serve more than 4,000 patients a year. We help people face end-of-life issues with as much care and thought as any other milestone in life so they can enjoy the best quality of life possible.
Hosparus staff member at her desk in the home office. We are here 24 hours a day to help with hospice and other needs.
For more than 30 years, our extensive planning and counseling services have helped patients and families deal with the many issues that surround the end of life. We offer a measure of control in situations that can seem out of control. Those who have used our services tell us that there is comfort in knowing what to do and what to expect in this part of life.
Hosparus is the new name, adopted in 2008, for a hospice and care organization that has been a fixture of Louisville and the surrounding region for decades.
Formerly the Alliance of Community Hospices and Palliative Care Services (ACH), Hosparus is now a single organization to help you handle end-of-life care.
Hosparus is a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Hosparus is also a member of the Better Business Bureau.
Hosparus organizations – Hospice of Louisville, Hospice of Southern Indiana and Hospice of Central Kentucky – are accredited by The Joint Commission.
Hospice of Louisville and Hospice of Southern Indiana are Metro United Way organizations. Hospice of Central Kentucky is a member of the United Way of Central Kentucky. These hospices are members of the Kentucky Association of Hospices and Palliative Care and the Indiana Hospice and Palliative Care Association.
What is hospice care?
Hospice care relieves suffering when a cure for an illness is not expected. It involves treatments that enhance a patient’s comfort and quality of life. Anyone with a life-limiting illness can access hospice care. Hosparus accepts referrals 24 hours daily.
Hosparus caregivers include medical directors, nurses, certified nursing assistants, social workers, expressive therapists, chaplains, bereavement counselors, support staff and volunteers who provide compassionate medical treatment and emotional and spiritual support.
We offer compassionate care to patients and families struggling to cope with life-limiting illnesses. People often believe they have nowhere to turn. That's where we can help. With our support, often patients are able to spend their final days at home surrounded by their loved ones.
Comfort vs. Cure – Hosparus affirms life and promotes quality of life through all phases of an illness. Our care provides comfort rather than cure. Hospice care by Hosparus neither prolongs life nor hastens death. We provide physical, emotional and spiritual care to persons with life-limiting illness and their families. We help our patients maintain quality of life and live their days to the fullest. We emphasize symptom management and palliative care and support for the entire family.
The Hosparus Inpatient Care Center is designed to offer patients short-term inpatient care to address pain control and other symptoms associated with terminal illnesses that may not be managed in other settings.
Nursing Home Care
At Hosparus, we recognize that nursing facility staff members are the experts in long-term care. We believe that by partnering, we can deliver the best possible care for residents with life-limiting illnesses.
Specialized hospice teams work with residents in area nursing facilities. The nursing facility staff provides direct physical care, while the hospice nurse monitors the patient's condition and consults with the staff and the patient's doctor about symptom control and any special needs.
Our team members provide the same kind of support as they do in the home, as well as helping with any particular concern about care in the nursing facility. Our interdisciplinary team members include a registered nurse, social worker, chaplain, volunteer, certified nursing assistant, bereavement counselor and other therapists as needed.
“I like the way you listen. I know I'm somebody with you.” These words from a patient to his Hosparus chaplain reflect the core hopes of our Spiritual Care Department.
Our goal is to meet the unique emotional and spiritual needs of our patients and their families/caregivers who are facing life-limiting illnesses. Our chaplains are highly trained in counseling, theology, clinical pastoral education and concerns unique to hospice care.
Hosparus offers massage therapy.
Types of Care
Hosparus offers a full suite of care that falls into the category of palliative care:
Home care takes place in the patient's home, or in a home-like setting.
Long-term care or nursing-home care takes place in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities that contract with Hosparus.
Inpatient unit care takes place on our hospital unit with private patient rooms
Pediatric care is specialized care for infants, children and teens with life-limiting illnesses
Palliative care consultation offers a consultation on pain and symptom management for hospice and non-hospice patients
Bereavement care is bereavement counseling, classes and programs for adults and children, featuring special support for patients and siblings.
After-hours care is care in which Hosparus team members provide care to patients and families outside regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.). After hours, patients and families can call the Hosparus office for assistance. When an emergency situation cannot be resolved on the telephone, a hospice professional will visit the patient.