About Palliative Care

  • Comfort and quality of life are important aspects of palliative care. Our team provides specialized care by:
  • Maintaining independence and comfort.
  • Treating symptoms such as pain, nausea, anxiety, depression, shortness of breath and insomnia.
  • Assisting with decision making, setting goals and organizing advance planning needs.
  • Providing guidance for hospital discharge plans.

A Compassionate and Experienced Team

Palliative care services at Sentara consist of an interdisciplinary team with expertise in disease treatment and symptom management.

  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Social Workers
  • Chaplains
  • Pharmacists
  • Dietitians

This team works closely with a patient’s physician to coordinate the best possible care by taking time to:

  • Understand patients’ personal goals, family dynamics and cultural and religious values.
  • Facilitate communication between patients and their physicians
  • Work closely with patients and families – attending to their emotional, spiritual and practical needs.
  • Connect patients with beneficial hospital and community resources.
  • Ensure continuity of care between clinical settings.