When a person is living in aged care, there is an expectation that their medical and care needs are being adequately met.
This includes pain management, as many people in aged care are dealing with pain because of various comorbidities.
But the reality is that pain is frequently underdiagnosed and undertreated in the elderly and this problem is even more pronounced among residents with impaired cognition.
In fact, 45–93% of residents in aged care facilities have chronic pain.
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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...
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...