I do both hospice and home health and love both. I would gently caution the use of the term ‘traditional’ for home health and referring to hospice as if it is some form of nontraditional or alternate home health. Just for your own benefit in how you view them. They are completely different worlds, the only thing in common is that they take place in the home.
I can’t personally speak for kindred at home, but I would advise you to run far away from Vitas, and ideally start your journey in hospice with a smaller and, if possible, nonprofit agency. Vitas has a terrible reputation where I live, the nurses say they are awful to work for, patients and facilities say they are terrible. And then in a completely different city, I had a family member on Vitas, and I experienced what I considered to be the worst hospice care imaginable for this family member. Not only are they for-profit, which several of the agencies I’ve worked for are and they have still done a good job, but Vitas is the only publicly traded hospice. Wall Street does not belong in hospice care. There were so many medications and supplies that all of the hospices that I work for regularly provide, that Vitas does not provide. The nurses didn’t even practice any form of hand hygiene or infection control, they were disorganized in terms of when to send out staff, many nurses came to the door and knew nothing about the patient. They are ALL about the bottom line.
And the lastly, consider going into only one or the other first, for at least six months, before venturing into the other. Like I said, they are completely different worlds, and if you are new to both, the huge differences in documentation, care plans, etc might be overwhelming.
But no matter what, good luck!