Kindred Healthcare

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Kindred Healthcare Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
Updated March 3, 2015
386 Reviews
2.6
386 Reviews
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Kindred Healthcare President, CEO, and Director Paul J. Diaz
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great co workers including nurses and techs try their best (in 8 reviews)

  • The company not only preaches work life balance they live it (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Incompetent nurses were often promoted to get them away from direct patient care (in 22 reviews)

  • Upper management was not always qualified for their position or knowledgable (in 18 reviews)

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  1.  

    No support from Direct supervisor.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kindred Healthcare

    Pros

    cant think of any right now

    Cons

    no communication, so support from supervisor,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Understaffed

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kindred Healthcare

    Pros

    Free Turkey on Thanksgiving weeeee

    Cons

    Workloads are too large-completely impossible to do. So pt care has to be missed. Pts at increased risk due to the fact that most are in isolation and we never have the time to glove/gown/wash properly. Computer system is very bad and on a regular workload you will spend 6 hours a day charting which is again less time for pt care. Equipment is archaic and life saving equipment does not work frequently. There are few electrical plugs and pts are crowded into rooms. I would not put my loved one here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change computer system in order to streamline time. Update electrical, vacuum, and Oxygen systems. Instill max workloads and call in additional staffing when those loads are exceeded.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Morally bankrupt

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kindred Healthcare

    Pros

    None. Trains was ridiculous, mgmt worthless, only interested in certain types of Pts...the kind that make them money. Skimming a profit off human misery.

    Cons

    Way too many to list...thinking about it makes me want to take a shower.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit and stay away from "healthcare"...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Left with nothing

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    Former Employee - Staff Nurse
    Former Employee - Staff Nurse

    I worked at Kindred Healthcare full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    the products for patient care

    Cons

    No regard for tell the worker the truth sold the company and never though,int about the years of care the worker put
    never let us have a say so no regard for our lifes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    when someone work many years for this company, think about how you affect their future

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Considering a Career Change

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kindred Healthcare full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The comradery between the employees. The employees are swamped altogether and rely on each other's help so it creates comradery.

    Cons

    I really hope that the Kindred facilities given 2-5 stars actually exist. It is hard to go to work when you feel like a slave or when you feel you are partaking in patients' suffering. Forget the pay. Forget the benefits. Let's talk about patient safety and employee morale. This applies to every Kindred I've worked...

    To save money on staffing and prevent overtime, they will use 1 CNA to 2 patients when a sitter is ORDERED by an MD for 1 to 1. On top of "sitting" for 2 confused patients whom endanger themselves, they will have 2 additional patients to care for. As the CNA is preventing one patient from pulling out his/her trach tube, the other confused patient is literally jumping out of bed requiring stat X-rays. These poor CNAs are put in a terrible position as they must choose which patient's situation is "less dangerous." We don't want any patient in danger. Many CNAs feel like they are treated "like scum."

    Since RTs also do not have any national ratio laws, Kindred is willing to let the RTs run heavy with 18+ patients, at times, than call someone in because it creates overtime. Watching these RTs managing their 8+ ventilator patients is amazing; You have to take into account that while they are constantly monitoring weaning patients, they also assist nurses/CNAs with turning, lifting, serving meals when it is technically not their job. Many RTs feel that management does not appreciate them like the RTs are expendable; It seems the RT dept (which is important) is being treated like an inconvenient cost.

    Nurses have their ratios, yes, however on top of their patient care (which includes medication, admissions, emergencies)... Tons of paperwork are thrown on top of workloads. Paperwork that probably should be done by a manager is passed on to supervisors and then to staff. The more your salary, the less work is what it seems. Nurses get yelled at by the patients, the visitors, the doctors, and administration via love notes. Nurses feel like they are forced to treat their patients like numbers.

    Since Kindred has taken over, there are less patient care employees and more middle management. When the floors drown, the charge nurses and supervisors stay in their office. Apparently, the supervisor needs 2 charge nurses because of the added paperwork; this paperwork is done by the nurses with patients. Acuity is required documentation, but is irrelevant as it is not followed.

    It seems as though Kindred allows patients' families to run their hospitals. While employees enforce rules which are posted in every unit (i.e. 2 visitors at a time, 2 chairs in each room, 20-min max per hour in ICU), administration caves and gives families clearance to take what is not theirs. This makes the staff look very stupid and cold-hearted. Since visiting hours are 24 hours, many families request so many pillows and blankets so they may make a bed atop 4 chairs. It will take a visitor 30 seconds of being irate and threatening for Kindred to give them what they want; Other patients are left without extra pillows or blankets if needed and now there's a fire hazard in multiple rooms.

    I've witnessed many times... Every employee working is in a patient room doing care. 6 other different patients (or visitors) need someone and nobody is available. Again, EVERY employee is already busy doing something. Complaints about employees working as if rushed and/or not answering call lights immediately can stack, but most of the employees have only 2 hands. When those hands are on a patient, we take our time as to safely deliver care.

    So the icing on the cake?
    Crappy pay and benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's quite simple, really.
    -Listen to your staff. We are the ones at patients' bedsides. They rely on us to communicate what they want and need. If we need equipment to better serve patients, at least consider it.
    -Respect your staff. We are the ones who get feces thrown our way. We get hit by the combative patients. If we are in danger, please do what's necessary to keep us safe as well.
    -Staff your units properly and based on acuity like it should. The bare minimum labor is doable with current staffing standards. But with the amount of work to each discipline, stopping to smile is almost not an option.

    Allow these patients to be given the right to safe care. Emergencies can always happen at any time, but let's make them as avoidable as possible! Your patient care staff understands that this is a business, but please understand that we are not business majors. We are patient advocates. Being unable to care for our patients up to our own personal standards is disheartening NO MATTER HOW MUCH WE ARE ALL EACH PAID. It is so depressing. Of all the hospitals I've worked at... Kindred, yours has pushed me to want to leave this field. I've never seen patient care so blatantly trumped by money. I think it's time this company asks their employees what's REALLY GOING ON. Monitor how your CNOs, your managers and your supervisors are running each hospital.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Lazy recruiters

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    Current Employee - PTA in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - PTA in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Kindred Healthcare

    Pros

    Usually have decent Co workers trying to feed their families and keep a roof over their heads.

    Cons

    No 401k match. No significant pay raises past 3 yrs. Hideous medical benefits (what a joke). Incompetent lazy recruiters (you will have to find your own way in) they will offer you jobs that don't exist and never call you back. Call the corporate onboarder to get assistance. She is the only one I found willing to do her job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put your recruiters on commission, they are guilty of taking your money and not giving you the quality employees you are looking for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Kindred Hospital is a horrible place to work!!!!!

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    Current Employee - LVN in Perris, CA
    Current Employee - LVN in Perris, CA

    I have been working at Kindred Healthcare

    Pros

    I worked in the ICU and the RN's were very supportive and helpful. Pt's are taken care as well as they can be for the amount of nurses there.

    Cons

    Lack of nurses, lack of Nurses aides, lack of support. Smell of urine and feces. Upper management just want to make the bucks and screw their patients and their help. The LVN's are given 8 to 10 patients each. This makes it very hard to give proper care. On your feet for 12 hours and sometimes NO BREAK at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the head of the snake and the rest of will follow. Hire more nurses and nurses aides.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    bad place to work

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    Former Employee - LNA in Nashua, NH
    Former Employee - LNA in Nashua, NH

    I worked at Kindred Healthcare

    Pros

    Patients is the best about this job

    Cons

    HR harass you less when you leave the place. Don't care if you speak up will pick mangers side. Ive been lied too and many times I wanted to cry when I got home, . Under staff and 1 LNA to 12 is a hard day! Nurses don't care at all.they'll don't pay much for being treated with disrespected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen and respect your LNA we are doing all of the work. Never pick favorites,stop harassing the LNAs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    It's a job, but if you can find something better, do that!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kindred Healthcare

    Pros

    It's a job that you get paid.

    Cons

    Pay is low and management doesn't care!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care for the employees and stop harassing them for no reason!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Incompetent recruiter for San Diego

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    Current Employee - PTA
    Current Employee - PTA

    I have been working at Kindred Healthcare

    Pros

    Money for ceus instead of company site

    Cons

    Getting onboarded is a nightmare

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put your recruiters on commission, maybe then they would do their jobs. They do not follow through and only persistent applicants are eventually hired. You are losing quality employees because of this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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