Family Caregiver Center
Compassionate, non-judgmental support during a challenging time, entirely free of charge.
Caring for the Caregivers
Fully funded through community support, the Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital's Caregiver program provides free support from trained volunteers for anyone who is caring for a loved one with serious illness. The Family Caregiver Center is a lifeline of emotional support, assistance, and resources for family members, medical staff, and members of the community in need of support.
“Often, right next to the patient, is a caregiver who’s under a tremendous amount of stress,” says Caregiver Center Coordinator Katy Kreienbaum. “Our goal is for people to come in, recharge, and take time for themselves.”
The Caregiver Center offers a welcoming and relaxing oasis, centrally located near the gift shop and Phillips Cancer Center, yet far enough removed to provide a quiet place of rest. The space features a fireplace, expansive windows to let in abundant natural light, and beautiful artwork by local Virginia artists. The Center also includes a business hub with a computer and phone charging station, a snack station, and a private meeting space with a tranquil water feature for relaxation and meditation. A favorite spot is a quiet room equipped with a massage chair for personal retreat.
The Sentara Martha Jefferson Caregiver Center is one of just 22 such programs in the United States and a model for the entire Sentara hospital system.