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Place your patient in the Abbie Hunt Bryce Home

A nonprofit home offered free of charge for terminally ill patients of low income, the Abbie Hunt Bryce Home serves as a hand to hold and a safe place to stay.

We work in partnership with each resident’s hospice or nursing agency.

Abbie Hunt Bryce Home
Free home for the terminally ill

About our Home & residents

Operated by Morning Light, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Abbie Hunt Bryce home opened in 2004.

Our Home is open to Central Indiana residents who are terminally ill and in financial need. Any licensed hospice, regardless of affiliation, may provide service to our residents. As a nonprofit, we have limited means ourselves and regret that we cannot accept all applicants.

Before applying for placement on behalf of a client, please understand our admissions requirements and services rendered—both explained below.

Woman in hospice

Admissions policies & procedures

Our staff is comprised of trained caregivers on site 24/7, and it is our expectation that our Hospice/Referral Partners agree to comply with protocols adopted by AHBH.

Medicaid waiver payment is accepted but is not required.

Admissions are determined on a case by case basis.

We follow strict and transparent admission requirements summarized below. However, certain exceptions can be made based on the abilities and availability of our staff.

  • Resident must have a hospice provider.
  • Monthly income must be $2,200 or less.
  • Admissions must be Monday through Friday between 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
  • Chest x-ray within 30 days prior to admission; must show no evidence to suggest TB.
  • Two negative covid tests within 72 hours prior to admission or current vaccine card with booster is required.
  • Hospice nurse is responsible for wound vacs and wound care.
  • Social worker must order necessary DME so that it arrives 1 day prior to admission.
  • Patients MUST have a DNR, we do not accept Full Code status.

Please also note the following guidelines:

  • AHBH cannot accommodate feeding tubes or drains (eg peritoneal or pleural).
  • AHBH cannot allow smoking or consumption of alcohol on our premises.
  • AHBH cannot allow pets to remain on the premises outside of visiting hours.
  • AHBH cannot accept registered sexual offenders.
  • AHBH cannot accommodate individuals with bedbugs, lice, scabies, etc.
  • AHBH does not have the ability to accommodate individuals that have isolation needs.
  • AHBH cannot accommodate needle injections (eg insulin).
  • AHBH cannot accommodate ostomy.

Our role in care

We provide residential and respite care for persons enrolled in hospice. The role of our staff is to provide daily patient care, following the established and provided care plan.

Services include but are not limited to:

  • Assistance with ambulation
  • Meal preparation (including accommodations for special diets)
  • Various social activities based upon census response
  • Essential housekeeping services, including laundry
  • Assistance with residents managing their own medications (except for IV or subcutaneous medications)

Hospice provider’s role in care

Upon admission to the Abbie Hunt Bryce Home, we rely on the hospice team to supply the following:

  • Medication planners, including patient labels
  • Syringes for liquid narcotics
  • Personal protective equipment for the resident
  • Wound care supplies

The hospice/nursing agency will maintain all record and ownership of the following: physician statements, care plans, funeral arrangements, and emergency/familial points of contact.

Due to the unique nature of our home, in the event of an emergency or the passing of the patient, only the overseeing hospice/nursing agency will be notified by the Abbie Hunt Bryce Home staff. It is the responsibility of the overseeing care team to coordinate family, doctor, and funeral home contact.

Woman in hospice care
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Lettuce in Morning Light Garden
Woman in free hospice in Indianapolis Morning Light
How it works

Our resident application process

Review the Criteria
Step 1: Review the Criteria

Once your team has established a care plan, verify the resident matches the listed criteria for our home (provided at the top of the page).

Submit an application
Step 2: Submit an application

If you believe your client is a fit for our services, submit the application at the bottom of the page.

Schedule a visit
Step 3: Schedule a visit

Once the resident has been approved for admissions, our provider relations specialist will coordinate a visit to establish next steps.

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Can you help? Our Home is offered free of charge to people with nowhere else to go. Please consider a partnership or sponsorship to keep our doors open for your clients in need.