Diversity Informs the Care and Culture of VITAS
At VITAS, we recognize that the vast range of human experience produces an equally vast range of needs, wishes, and goals among people with advanced illness as they near the end of life. We train our staff to provide culturally sensitive care that acknowledges and respects differences in language, ethnicity, spirituality, class, gender, and sexual orientation, beginning with the first admissions visit all the way through bereavement support.
Like every aspect of care at VITAS, diversity begins with our compassionate interdisciplinary hospice teams. A variety of clinical, psychosocial, and spiritual specialists come together to provide care and support to patients and their families.
Our nurses, home health aides, physicians, chaplains, social workers, admissions personnel, and representatives come from diverse backgrounds and are equipped with the skills and tools to meet diverse needs. In the communities we serve, VITAS provides education, outreach, and financial support to ensure all people have access to high-quality hospice care and understand the benefits of utilizing these services.
Hospice was founded on the premise that everyone deserves comfort and dignity near the end of life. Diversity is a natural and necessary component in the realization of this goal.
To learn more about diversity at VITAS, explore these frequently asked questions. For more information about end-of-life care, please call us 24/7/365 at 800.582.9533.
- My loved one prefers a language other than English. Does VITAS provide multilingual hospice care? Yes, VITAS employs bilingual care team members from diverse linguistic backgrounds to ensure every patient and family has a voice. Hospice aims to remove barriers to a patient’s quality of life, and barriers to communication are no exception.
- How does VITAS provide culturally sensitive care for minority racial and ethnic groups? VITAS believes more meaningful hospice experiences arise when our employees reflect our patients’ and families’ values and cultures. That’s why we are committed to recruiting diverse candidates from within the communities where we provide care.
- Will VITAS accommodate my loved one’s religion/spirituality? Yes, VITAS chaplains recognize and navigate a range of spiritual beliefs and deliver pastoral care that respects the religion or spirituality of each patient—without ascribing unsolicited dogma to the patient’s unique end-of-life journey.
- How does VITAS meet the needs of LGBTQ+ hospice patients? Specialized training ensures our patients and families in the LGBTQ+ community always receive inclusive, validating care. We specifically appoint members of this community to serve as advisers.
- What steps is VITAS taking to improve hospice access in traditionally underserved communities? All VITAS programs are active participants in the communities they serve, sponsoring charity events, conducting educational conferences, and serving in volunteer leadership positions. We provide internships to local social workers, chaplains, and MBA/MHA students to ensure crucial support personnel reflect their communities. We engage with these communities through radio talk shows, television programs, newsletters, and other media.