The Nation’s Leading Hospice Provider, Now in Citrus and Nature Coast
Stretching from Florida’s Big Bend Coast to the Georgia border, VITAS now cares for seriously ill patients and their families in 12 Florida counties: Alachua, Bradford, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Putnam, Suwannee and Union.
We began serving the area in September 2018 when Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast transitioned its patients to VITAS.
Towns in this beautiful, natural countryside tend to be spread out, with miles of roads connecting VITAS with the patients and families we care for. Because we bring hospice services to our patients through their hospice team, our professionals—nurses, hospice aides, physicians, social workers, chaplains, bereavement managers, volunteers and others as needed—cover a lot of territory as they make “house calls” in Citrus and the Nature Coast.
Learn about the services VITAS provides
Patients and Families Come First
We provide comfort and preserve dignity in the face of terminal illness. We offer comprehensive hospice services, including pain and symptom management to the patient, emotional and spiritual support for patients and families, and bereavement support for more than a year following a death.
We help patients stay home whenever possible—whether home is a private residence, an assisted living or long term care facility, or a nursing home. We work with patients’ personal physicians, so patients keep the doctors they know and trust. No matter where care takes place, we coordinate closely with caregiver, spiritual advisor, family and friends to ensure that the patient’s needs and choices are being met, their quality of life enhanced.
Learn about the VITAS Inpatient Hospice Unit of Citrus County
Intensive Comfort Care at Home
When patients require additional care to manage symptoms or pain, VITAS provides continuous care in the home for up to 24 hours a day when medically necessary. An inpatient unit is available when home care is not enough. Staffed by VITAS clinicians, the unit offers round-the-clock care until the patient can return home to the routine level of hospice care.
Learn about our Citrus and Nature Coast hospice locations