September 15, 2017

September is Pain Awareness Month

What is the most common cause of disability in the United States today? The answer might surprise you – it is pain. But if you didn’t know, you have plenty of company. Most Americans are not aware of how debilitating pain can be. Knowledge about pain management is lacking and misinformation is easy to come by.

In 2001, September was declared National Pain Awareness Month, and has since been used as a time to raise public awareness of issues regarding pain and pain management. According to the Partners for Understanding Pain, pain affects one in three Americans every year. It causes more disability than cancer and heart disease combined! However, rising health care costs leave some, especially seniors and minorities, unable to get the help they need to manage their pain.

Pain Management in Hospice

Pain is of particular importance for hospice; specifically, how to manage pain as it relates to terminal illness. 

Physical pain is a common symptom of many end-stage diseases. In hospice and palliative care, managing pain is crucial for the comfort and quality of life for patients, and is a core goal when providing care. A key component of physical pain management is determining the type of pain a patient is experiencing, and from there developing an individualized plan of care to help reduce or eliminate pain. Unity Hospice’s clinical caregivers are specially trained to recognize both verbal and nonverbal behaviors that indicate a person is in pain, from facial expressions to abrupt changes in interpersonal interactions.

It can be difficult to focus on anything else when you are experiencing pain. The best thing you can do is learn about all the options available to you, as in treatment medications and services such as palliative care, which is a type of care that involves the same interdisciplinary care team in the earlier course of a serious illness.

For more information about hospice and palliative care and how it can aid in pain and symptom management for you or your loved one, contact Unity Hospice.

About Unity Hospice
Founded in 1992, Unity Hospice is a family owned and operated hospice and palliative care company committed to providing comprehensive care, support and education to people facing a life-limiting illness, their families and the community. Unity Hospice offers care of the highest quality by licensed and competent staff in accordance with laws & regulations and accepted standards of practice. With the dedication to make their patients comfortable, Unity Hospice provides an interdisciplinary approach to each individual and family, in which they go above and beyond everyday to meet their needs.