At HCA Virginia, we understand that symptoms of a painful or serious illness can make your life uncomfortable, and at times, even unbearable. That's why we provide palliative care - to make you more comfortable and improve your quality of life during treatment. Palliative care can be provided at any stage of an illness or treatment to help you as you are going through an acute or long-term illness.
The purpose of palliative care is to relieve the discomfort, symptoms and stress of serious illness, improving quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care often accompanies active treatment for illnesses such as:
- Cardiac disease
- Respiratory disease
- Kidney failure
- Alzheimer's disease
- Amyotrophic sclerosis
- Multiple sclerosis
We do not replace your primary treatment. Instead, palliative care works in conjunction with the treatment you're already receiving to improve how you feel.
Improving Your Symptoms
Our patient-centered team works closely with you and your family to improve your symptoms. We provide individuals with solutions for:
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea and vomiting
- Fatigue or difficulty sleeping
- Loss of appetite
- Psychosocial support
Your emotional and spiritual well-being is also an important part of palliative care. In addition to specially trained doctors and nurses, counselors, clergy and social workers are part of your palliative care team. We provide:
- Help navigating the healthcare system
- Guidance with difficult and complex treatment choices
- Emotional and spiritual support for you and your family
A Variety of Care Settings
Palliative care can take place in a hospital, long-term care facility or at home. At HCA Virginia, we offer inpatient palliative care consultations at several locations.
If you're admitted with palliative care needs, you may be referred to our team by your primary care doctor or attending physician. Our team then works closely with your doctor to create a comprehensive plan that meets your comfort needs.
Considering Palliative Care?
To determine if palliative care is the right choice for you or a family member, we've provided answers to the most common questions we receive from individuals and families.
Your attending physician will refer you for palliative care. Speak to your attending physician if you need a referral or have additional questions.