This comprehensive guide to geriatric pain management provides the most current information available on assessment and treatment of pain in older adults. In a concise, reader-friendly format, the book provides techniques, tips, and tools for assessing pain and examines barriers to appropriate treatment. It addresses the physiological and psychosocial factors underlying the process and occurrence of pain and helps nurses to develop a comprehensive multimodal approach to pain management that includes pharmacological and nonpharmacological interventions. The guide provides detailed coverage of medications commonly used for pain management, including all contraindications and side effects, so that nurses will be able to evaluate the best use of a medication in the context of comorbidities and sensitivities of each individual. Also addressed are chronic illnesses common to the elderly population, palliative and hospice care, treatment of concurrent depression and anxiety, treatment of cognitively impaired elderly, and techniques for assessment and intervention in cases of substance abuse.
An invaluable companion for complementary and beauty therapists working with older people in care, this book offers helpful information and advice on practical issues that are often overlooked in training, including: ·Assessing older clients for appropriate treatments·Communicating effectively with older clients, relatives and care staff·Adapting treatments for older clients with particular health conditions, including dementia·Working around beds, wheelchairs, walking frames and medical equipment·Hygiene, safety and ethical considerations·Guidance on using specific complementary therapies and techniques with older clients, including reflexology, aromatherapy and massage·Common pitfalls and difficulties practitioners may encounter, offering encouragement and down-to-earth advice for tackling them. With useful case examples and explanatory photographs throughout, this is an essential handbook for practitioners who have recently started working, or who are training to work with, older people in care, including in care homes, hospitals and in palliative care.
Additional support from Vancouver Coastal Health and the Richmond Community Foundation.
Seniors Community Support Services (SCSS) is a joint venture between Vancouver Richmond Information Services and Vancouver Coastal Health. Programs offered by SCSS are designed to enable Richmond sionrs and adults with chronic health problems stay in their own homes and remain independent for as long as possible.