Understand approaches to managing pain and discomfort
1.1 It is important to have a holistic approach to managing pain and discomfort as this is looking at the situation as a whole, and how the ways of managing pain and discomfort could have an impact on the person’s life altogether. You would also take into consideration
* Environment Simple ‘tweaks’ to lighting, ambient noise and furniture placement have significant benefits. Minimizing clutter and unnecessary objects in the living space can provide substantial support and maximize safety.
* Communication Using effective communication can greatly minimize agitation and frustration, when you speak in a manner that is comforting. Successful dementia care communication can be verbal or non-verbal. Knowing the difference is important as the individuals in care can be affected either positively or negatively by both your words and your body language.
* Nutritional Food which is rich in fibre can holistically support bowel health. Liquids and fruits can holistically support hydration needs as many medications can cause constipation and dehydration. Diet plays a big part in maintaining muscle strength, body function and internal organ health.
* Engaging Activity Using creative ways to engage individuals with dementia diagnosis is a holistic way to minimize agitation, depression, boredom and other challenging behaviours that may arise
1.2 Medication would be the first method of pain control, but there are other forms that can be used.
* Physiotherapy commonly used to reduce chronic pain.
* Thermal heat/Ice packs relief for mild pain.
* Pressure relieving mattresses and pressure cushions.
* Hourly repositioning.
1.3 Follow company policy and procedure at all times. Read the individuals care plans to see what their preferences are. Talk to individual and see what best suits them and makes them as comfortable as possible. Administer any medication correctly and in...