About Palliative Care

Dealing with the symptoms of a serious illness is difficult. However, special care is available to make you more comfortable right now. It’s called palliative care.

Palliative care is a medical specialty that focuses on the many ways serious illness affects you and your family. Palliative care can help with:

  • Treatment of symptoms including pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, numbness and problems with sleep.
  • Assisting family with decisions by providing better understanding of a patient’s medical conditions and choices for medical care.
  • Coordination of care among all health care providers
  • Emotional and spiritual support for patient and family
  • Assistance with discharge from the hospital by helping with referrals for care at home or another setting
  • If death is near, palliative care can help with strengthening relationships and creating special memories

Making decisions about treatment options can be difficult. Palliative care offers open and detailed discussions to help you decide what is best for you.

How Do I Get a Palliative Care Consultation?

Palliative care can help improve your quality of life. Ask your primary physician for a palliative care consultation. Consults are available at Sentara RMH Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. An appointment can be made after referral from your physician.