Monitoring pain in aged care residents is crucial to ensure their comfort and quality of life.
To improve the management of pain and to create pain vigilant aged care facilities it has been proposed that pain is considered the fifth vital sign, after temperature, pulse, blood pressure and respiration rate.
Pain needs to be assessed regularly and the presence of pain - or inadequately controlled pain - should be investigated at admission, whenever there are significant changes in the resident’s...
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Aged care residents are often frail, vulnerable and in many cases struggling with pain. However, pain is frequently underdiagnosed and undertreated in the elderly.
To help older people better manage their pain, a management plan is often needed. This may include a range of complementary therapies such as massage, and where pain persists, medication may also be required.
Though it’s important that a person’s pain is managed adequately, people should also be aware of the potential side effects an older...
Pain is not a normal part of ageing, and yet many older people are living with pain because of conditions they have developed in their later years or overall frailty.
In fact, various studies have estimated that between 45-80% of residents in aged care facilities have substantial pain that is undertreated.
The most obvious method of pain management is through pharmaceutical and drug therapies. In aged care, these often include the use of opioids. However, it’s important to consider other therapies...
When a person reaches the end of their life, it can be difficult for their loved ones to see them frail and unwell.
The thing families of the dying worry about the most is if their loved one is experiencing pain or suffering.
Complete pain relief is not always realistic, a reduction of pain by 30 to 50 per cent may be considered a good response.
Normally, the goals of pain management need to be balanced between pain relief and...