Throwback Thursday – Hospice of Southern Kentucky

This week Throwback Thursday is a little different. We share stories of historic landmarks and influential people and places around southern Kentucky each week. The segment has been brought to you by Hospice of Southern Kentucky for nearly two years. As a tribute to our sponsor, let’s take a look at the history of hospice itself.

The word “hospice” can be traced back to medieval Europe. Centuries ago, during the feudal era, traveling and everyday living weren’t always very extravagant. The term “hospice” referred to a safe shelter and place to rest for weary travelers on long journeys who often faced rough conditions.

St. Christopher’s Hospice in London was founded in 1967. By the early 1970s, hospice care was being discussed across legislatures in the U.S., and Medicare began paying for hospice benefits in 1986.

In the meantime, Hospice of Southern Kentucky was founded in the spring of 1981. It was the first agency of its kind in the area. For over 37 years, this non-profit has been serving area people in need of care. Over 10 thousand families across nine counties have received clinical, spiritual and financial assistance.

Ten years ago, the Hospice House in-patient facility opened. The 10-bed upscale patient home features suites, a chapel, a kids’ play room, family room and community kitchen, and a memorial garden. The house overlooks a horse farm and its purpose is to do exactly as the term “hospice” is recognized for, making its people and families feel at home during their time of need.