Treating pain in an older person is very important. We don't
want you to think that you cannot take pain medication.
Regardless of your age, feel free to speak up and ask questions.
Even though we know we may need to go more slowly and gently,
older persons can be treated for pain like all other patients.
Patients who cannot report their pain
Patients who cannot report pain will not be left without care.
We consider the reason a person needs treatment and use that
information to begin to plan for pain management. We use our
knowledge about pain and its effects on vital signs and behavior
to guide us. Information we receive from family or others who
know the patient well is also very helpful.
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