Compassionate care is the hallmark of home health. But for some seniors, health care in general—including care at home—has been fraught with obstacles and discrimination. This is especially true for members of the LGBT community as they age.
Empath Health, a Florida-based nonprofit integrated network of care that includes home health and hospice, set out to change that experience for seniors. The company pursued the platinum credential from SAGE, an advocacy group dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT elders.
Empath President and CEO Rafael J. Sciullo said that the company cares for 4,000 people a day across its service area, including members of the LGBT community. The company created Empath Partners in Care (EPIC) following a merger with the AIDS Service of Pinellas and Francis House; it focuses on the testing and management of HIV and also serves aging members of the LGBT community.