About Palliative Care
At Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, our palliative care team considers the whole person, understanding that the reduction or elimination of unpleasant symptoms can be vital to a patient's enjoyment of everyday life.
Delivered in conjunction with curative therapies and in partnership with a patient's primary physician, palliative care may assist with:
- Expert symptom assessment and management
- Determining goals of care and decision making
- Practical support for patients and their family caregivers
- Facilitation of effectively coordinated continuity of care to address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those facing a life-changing illness
The palliative care team includes two experienced nurse practitioners, a chaplain, a social worker, a nurse and a massage therapist. Working together, they provide palliative care support to patients and their families.
Ask your primary physician if you would like a referral for a palliative care consultation.