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New to HH: traditional vs Hospice

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by bluenurse10 bluenurse10 (New Member) New Member

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Hi everyone! I am ready to make the change from acute care to home health for many reasons. I have an interview with a traditional hh company tomorrow and with hospice as a case manager the next day. I initially thought I only wanted to traditional but right now I am really leaning toward hospice. Does anyone have experience with both? The things I would like:

-better pay the hospital (what should I expect? I live in Florida)

-more flexibility than the hospital

-1:1 care

-caring for families if needed

-great teamwork

So, if you have experience with both can you please tell me your recommendation? In case I have to choose! Also, the hospice is Vitas and the other one is Kindred at Home. I have heard both are great companies.

 

 

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Kaisu has 2 years experience.

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I have worked home health and now working hospice, both for the same agency.  First and foremost, the agency is key.  They can be the best jobs you ever had or they can be a complete nightmare, depending on the policies, procedures and culture of your agency.  Make sure whoever you work for is respectful of employees.  They must make the employee their priority.  If you are respected and supported, you will take care of the patients.

Secondly, it depends on where your heart is.  My heart is in hospice.  It can be a terrible fit if you are not comfortable with death.  All your patients die.  

Both are wonderful areas of nursing for me.  I make 20% more than in acute care.  This agency pays better than anyone else and thus they get and keep the best people.  I love the autonomy, the one on one care and the emphasis on my first love, which is teaching.  

Search your heart and decide which one you would like, but I would take a home health job with a great agency over hospice with a poor one.

 

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Kindred will run you to the ground, awful managment. Company is a decent one, decent benefits, but managment is enough to make u ill

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Thank you for your responses!

Kaisu, what company do you work for? 

Berube, do you recommend any company that might be better? Where do you live? I live near St. Augustine, FL. How long has it been since you worked there? I'm curious about the cost of insurance and deductibles, etc. I really enjoyed the interview.

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Kaisu has 2 years experience.

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I work in Western Arizona for a small company that serves the communities along the Colorado River.  We have patients in Quartzite, Parker, Lake Havasu City, Kingman, Mohave Valley and Bullhead City in Arizona and in Big River and Needles CA.  

If you google the parent company, you would find a lot of bad reviews from employees.  The CEO of our little branch is a nurse.  I find that issues of moral and company culture are always top down.  I had a good feeling about this company from the first interview and excellent reports from current employees.  It is still a crap shoot tho.  I feel I lucked out.

If you had good feelings from the interview, and can talk to some employees on the QT, then go for it.  If you hate it, you can vote with your feet.

I wish you all the best and good luck!

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I am in SC been at kindred 10+ yrs, our managemnt is horrible, now could be the branch here, .. money focused, and no none of us ever do enough, they have people woth documentation out 2 weeks and never say a word to them, i just do mynjob and stay u der the radar, kindred is also know for a lot of repetice documentation, i am close to retirement and thats why i stay.

the interview is always good, i use to sit in on them also and when it came to “opinion” time they didn't care..

HH and hospice are 2 different worlds, i did hospice for a bit, just wasnt for me. But if thats ur first love stay with it. 

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