The most significant reason people move into aged care is due to a decline in health. In most cases, they need extra support, beyond what their loved ones can offer and because they are no longer able to live independently.
During 2015-16, more than 2 in 3 people who began using aged care services specifically moved into residential aged care facilities.
The expectation for residents and their loved ones when they move into care is that every effort will be...
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Dementia has a wide range of symptoms that vary from person to person. In the later stages of dementia, people may be unable to remember events that took place a few minutes previously, they may lose their ability to speak and experience restlessness or anxiety.
What people may not realise is those living with dementia may actually be in a great amount of pain.
And when a person is in pain, their quality of life is undoubtedly affected.
Pain is uncomfortable for everyone - but why are older people less likely to report pain when they have it?
The mechanism by which pain is perceived is very complex. There does appear to be some age related changes, but older people don't perceive pain any less than younger people.
That said older people in general may be less sensitive to low levels of stimuli - thus, have a higher pain threshold. But they tend to be more sensitive to...
Residents in aged care often live with various medical conditions. While many have dementia, others have heart disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis and other medical conditions that need treatment and management.
Regardless, aged care residents are often frail, vulnerable and struggling with pain.
However, pain is frequently underdiagnosed and undertreated in the elderly and this problem is even more pronounced among residents with impaired cognition.
As some residents have difficulties communicating pain verbally, the only indicators of pain may be altered behaviours...