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...
Mundipharma is a member of a global network of independent associated companies which are engaged in research, development, production and marketing of prescription medicines and consumer healthcare products. Established as a leader in the development and provision of medicines for pain, we have expanded our portfolio to include treatments for cancer, glaucoma, asthma, burns, wounds as well as skin irritations.
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...
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...
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.