Pain Assessment in Cognitively Impaired Older Adults
Use the following tools to screen for pain in older adults who have dementia or other cognitive impairment with a limited ability to communicate.
General Guidelines for Pain Assessment in Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment - List of recommendations for completing a pain assessment for older adults with cognitive impairments.
Toolkit for Family Caregivers to assess pain in family members with dementia.
Pain Assessment Tools
Pain assessment tools used to assess pain in older adults who have dementia or other cognitive impairment and are unable to reliably communicate their pain.
- PAINAD Instructions PDF - How to use the PAINAD tool
- PAINAD PDF - Can be printed on card stock (front to back) and laminated for use as pocket-sized pain assessment tool.
Revised PACSLAC with fewer items on a checklist to screen for pain in older adults who have dementia or other cognitive impairment resulting in a limited ability to communicate.
Comprehensive Pain Assessment Form (Cognitively Impaired)
Pain Assessment Support Resources
How to Try This Video: Pain Assessment in Older Adults - Details about a FREE 1-hour video that contains content on assessment of both cognitively intact and cognitively impaired older adults and relevant for the nursing home population.
Analgesic Trial for Suspected Pain in Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment - Description of how to complete an analgesic trial for suspected pain in older adults with cognitive impairments.