How Hospices Treat Some Pain Without Medicine
Minimizing pain is one of the main goals for hospice professionals. But some of the ways they do this may surprise you. On the other hand, maybe they won’t.
“We do pain and symptom management but there are so many other kinds of pain other than physical— emotional, spiritual, social—that we try to provide comfort for also,” hospice nurse Vicki Beatty told Georgia’s The Augusta Chronicle. “A lot of times, once you get them out of the emotional pain or the spiritual pain, the physical pain is eased naturally.”
Sometimes, treating this emotional pain means making family members feel better too.
“The patient feels their pain, also,” Beatty said. “So it is all inter-related. If you can calm the family and help them to be comfortable and accepting and at ease, then the patient usually will be much more comfortable and at ease.”
Are you surprised?
Here are some previous OurParents posts that talk about what various hospices are doing for patients:
- Hospices Partnering With Program That Thanks Dying Veterans
- More Hospices Helping Patients Keep Their Pets
- Hospice Services Helping Patients Record Their Life Stories
- Hospices Begin Offering Animal Therapy—and Allowing Personal Pets to Visit
Leigh Ann Otte is a freelance writer who specializes in health and aging issues. She covers finding and paying for senior care for OurParents. If you have any questions about this post or need help finding senior-care options for a loved one, call 1-866-483-4896 to speak with a care advisor in your area.