Accepting hospice care does not mean that a person has “given up” or has “quit trying.” Hope is found when the patient achieves the highest possible level of physical comfort, meaningfulness, and peace of mind. Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital Hospice will walk by your side on this journey as you seek to live each day with hope and meaning.

IU Health Bloomington Hospital Hospice, Monroe County’s only not-for-profit hospice, has more than 25 years of experience caring for individuals with a life-limiting illness in south central Indiana.

We provide comprehensive home-based services, including:

  • Comfort through the management of symptoms
  • Emotional and/or spiritual support for both patients and their loved ones
  • Assistance with daily living activities
  • Information about the care and the changes that may occur in the patient’s condition
  • Bereavement support
  • Massage therapy
  • Care from knowledgeable and compassionate staff
  • Availability 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Main Location

619 West First Street, Bloomington, IN

Get Directions

812.353.9818 or 800.206.5200


Light Up A Life

A community seasonal tradition for more than 20 years, IU Health Hospice’s annual Light Up A Life campaign in Bloomington helps support patient care and bereavement services throughout south central Indiana. The campaign kicks off each year with the lighting of the hospice community Christmas tree on Bloomington’s Courthouse Square the day after Thanksgiving.

Please come out and support Light Up A Life this year! 

You can make a donation in honor or memory of a loved by visiting this link.  Note: after clicking "donate now" please choose Light Up A Life in the drop-down designation menu.


Paying for Hospice Care

No one seeking hospice care from IU Health Bloomington Hospital Home Health & Hospice is turned away because of inability to pay. We will work with you to bill Medicare, Medicaid and/or private health insurance directly for your hospice care. We are also supported by our community through individual donations and memorial gifts and can work with you on financial resources and options.

Hospice care is available as a benefit under Medicare Part A. The Hospice Medicare Benefit is designed to meet the unique needs of persons near the end of life. It provides you and your family with services and support not otherwise covered by Medicare.

When you elect to use the Hospice Medicare Benefit, you are choosing comfort care rather than curative care for your illness. You may still access traditional Medicare benefits for treatment of conditions other than the life-limiting illness.

Hospice care and long-term care facilities

Residents of long-term care facilities are eligible for hospice care. You will receive care from our hospice team in the long-term care facility just as other patients would receive hospice care in their own home.

Currently, IU Health Hospice provides hospice care in the following facilities:

Monroe County

Brown County

Lawrence County

Assisted Living & Independent Living Facilities

Greene County

Daviess County

Owen County

Morgan County

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are an essential part of our Hospice team, providing support to patients, family members, caregivers, and staff in a variety of ways.

Volunteers may provide respite for caregivers at home, social companionship and emotional support to patients in various settings, practical assistance with household chores and errands, and/or bereavement support to family members and loved ones. Volunteers may also choose to work a weekly shift at the Hospice House, our inpatient/respite facility on the south side of Bloomington, or they might prefer to help in the office and with special projects. We believe that each volunteer will bring their own strengths and interests, and we will integrate each person into our care team in the ways that feel most comfortable and rewarding.

There are specific requirements and regulations for Hospice volunteers which differ from those of the hospital setting. For further information about volunteer opportunities and the application/on-boarding process, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at IU Health Bloomington Hospice, 812.353.9818, ext 9804.

Bereavement & Grief

No one can prepare you for the feelings you will experience following the death of a loved one. Grief is an individual and unique experience for each us. IU Health Hospice offers several bereavement services to help you through this time:

  • Families and loved ones of patients who received hospice care through IU Health Hospice benefit from grief and bereavement care and counseling for 13 months following a patient’s passing away.
  • Adult bereavement groups are held in the winter, spring and fall months and facilitated by our Bereavement Coordinator. The groups are free and open to anyone in the community.
  • Healing Hearts, a free children’s grief group, is available three times per year. The group is lead by a licensed counselor and is conveniently scheduled as an after-school activity. Free library of grief-related books open to the community.
  • Grief counseling and referral sources for individual counseling are available based on your individual situation and needs.