Hospice Symptom and Pain Management
We take an in depth look at treating pain and symptoms associated with terminal diseases. Our nurses have been specially trained to distinguish between different kinds of pain and the factors that can affect pain. Our approach is patient specific, as everyone does not experience pain the same way, and our goal is to use the least invasive method possible for pain relief and symptom control.
Pain is very personal and affects all aspects of patient care and recovery. Pain is not always experienced at the end of life but discomfort is. Pain and discomfort should be treated even though it may not “seem” to be present.
Different types of pain include: acute pain, which can be sudden and usually lasts for a short duration, and chronic pain, which is pain that has lasted 3 months or longer. We attempt to relieve the symptoms and restore the function or quality of life as much as possible. Our nurses will obtain a history to determine what is right for the patient based on what has worked and what has not worked in the past. By examining the total patient and gathering a thorough history, an individual treatment plan can be developed so the pain can be treated appropriately. We, at Comfort Care Hospice, LLC, continue to reassess and update the current treatment plan as needed to keep the patient at a comfortable level as defined by the patient.
Everyone is entitled to relief of pain. We treat the whole patient not just the pain. Most importantly, we listen to the patient. Adequate treatment of pain is so important and cannot be over-emphasized. Pain control is central to the management of not only physical well-being, but also the psychological well-being of the patient.