At the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), we are committed to treating every patient with empathy, courtesy, and respect.
VNSNY clinicians, administrative and senior staff have received training on working with LGBTQ+ communities from the advocacy organization SAGE, ensuring that all of our staff are aware of and sensitive to the needs and concerns of LGBTQ+ older adults. In fact, VNSNY is the largest home- and community-based health care organization in the New York City metropolitan area with the SAGECare Platinum LGBT cultural competency credential. SAGE is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ+ older adults.
At VNSNY, we value diversity and we are committed to upholding discrimination-free ethics for both our employees and our patients and members.
VNSNY provides a wide range of welcoming, safe home- and community-based health care services that includes an integrated, holistic approach to care for LGBTQ+ patients, clients, and members.
First announced by Dr. Mary Travis Basset, the LGBTQ Health Care Bill of Rights is a critical piece of health care information that empowers you to take responsibility for your health. It lays out 10 important legal rights that you can assert in any health care situation.
At VNSNY, we strongly support the LGBTQ Health Care Bill of Rights.
“As a nurse, I’ve met so many LGBTQ+ people of all ages who still live in fear, and to whom these basic rights have been withheld, miscommunicated, or culturally garbled… But it doesn’t have to be that way.” Arthur Fitting, BSN, RN, VNSNY LGBTQ+ Program Manager
VNSNY in partnership with Brooklyn Community Pride Center and Griot Circle, is offering a safe space to the LGBTQ+ community, to share their experiences and hear from others who might be going anxiety, grief and a feeling of loss during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The groups meet:
For patients undergoing gender affirmation surgery, VNSNY provides specialized home care services by a team of over 250 clinicians who have been specially trained in transgender health and gender affirming post-surgical care. Our goals include creating a care plan to meet each individual’s unique needs, providing a safe space for patients to recuperate fully at home and helping to ensure that the transgender patient feels they are cared for by a knowledgeable and culturally sensitive clinician.
An estimated 122,400 older New Yorkers identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Our goal at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York is to comprehensively support the home health care needs of LGBTQ+ older adults in the city. We are committed to providing high quality, culturally sensitive care for LGBTQ+ older adults. VNSNY is proud to have its own LGBTQ Advocacy Group made up of staff from all parts of our organization, with the goal of ensuring the best possible home care support for LGBTQ+ older patients.
For more information about any of VNSNY services, please call the VNSNY Customer Care Center at: 1-888-VNS-1-CALL (1-888-867-1225)
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