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Pain Management Information


The information in this section provides family caregivers with knowledge in the form of “Fast Facts” (documents which provide a brief overview and details about a specific subject) that review topics such as:  An Overview of Nondrug Pain and Symptom Management;  specific non-drug pain management techniques; Safety Precautions for Opioid Use; Opioid Side Effects, and Bowel Management for Opioid Use.

Non-Drug Related Interventions

Non-Drug interventions are treatments such as those listed below that can help maintain an older adult's quality of life and assist in pain management without the use of medications or in combination with medications.

Geriatric Pain Family Caregivers
  • Pain and Symptom Management
    • Nondrug Pain and Symptom Management” provides an overview of the basics of Nondrug Pain Treatment Techniques. Shares some examples of different types of nondrug treatments, describes the general advantages and possible disadvantages and describes what a caregiver can do to assist their loved one with these types of treatments.

  • Cold Therapy
    • “Cold as a Nondrug Pain Treatment” provides a general overview of cold treatments and provides guidelines for its use, describes types of equipment needed, direction on how to use this treatment and other things the family caregiver can do to assist.

  • Controlled Breathing & Guided Imagery
    • “Controlled Breathing & Guided Imagery as a Nondrug Pain Treatment” provides a general overview of controlled breathing and guided imagery, detailed directions on how to use these techniques and other things the family caregiver can do to assist.

  • Distraction
    • “Distraction as a Nondrug Pain Treatment” provides a general overview of the use of distraction the benefits, potential problems, methods to use, and other things the family caregiver can do to assist.

  • Exercise
    • “Exercise as a Nondrug Pain Treatment” provides a general overview of the use of exercise including how it works to assist with pain control, different types of exercise one might try, and other things the family caregiver can do to assist.

  • Heat Therapy
    • “Heat as a Nondrug Pain Treatment” provides a general overview of the use of heat to assist with pain control including heat treatment options, application guidelines (Dos and Don’ts), equipment needed, directions on use, and other things the family caregiver can do to assist.

  • Massage
    • “Massage as a Nondrug Pain Treatment” provides a general overview of the use of massage to assist with pain control including application guidelines (both Dos and Don’ts), equipment needed, directions on use, and other things the family caregiver can do to assist.

  • Music
    • “Music as a Nondrug Pain Treatment” provides a general overview of the use of music to assist with pain control including tips on use, what research suggests about the use of music, and what the family caregiver can do to assist.

  • Positioning
    • “Positioning as a Nondrug Pain Treatment” provides a general overview of the use of positioning to assist with pain control including the benefits of positioning, guidelines, and what the family caregiver can do to assist.

  • Relaxation
    • “Relaxation as a Nondrug Pain Treatment” provides a general overview of the use of positioning to assist with pain control including the benefits of relaxation, relaxation techniques, and what the family caregiver can do to assist.

Drug Related Interventions

The documents in this section provide an overview of drug related interventions. Each provides a general overview of that topic, and specific information to assist the family caregiver to manage drug related issues for their loved one.

  • Bowel Management for Opioid Use
    • “Bowel Management for Opioid Use” provides information about the issue of constipation that can occur with Opioid medication use to treat pain. The document provides the caregiver with important information to be aware of related to past medical history, lists possible bowel management treatments, and what the family caregiver can do to assist in managing.

  • Opioid Side Effects (Adverse Effects)
    • “Opioid Side Effect (Adverse Effects” provides general information about Opioid pain medication side effects, including common side effects and how to address each and what the family caregiver can do to assist in managing side effects of Opioid use.

  • Safety Precautions for Opioid Use with Older Adults
    • Safety Precautions for Opioid Use with Older Adults” provides information about key principles related to Opioid pain medication use with older adults, provides an overview of common opioid side effects (adverse effects) seen in older adults and what the family caregiver can do to assist if their loved one has been prescribed Opioid pain medications.

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