Aug 7, 2017 by Glenn Savage
According to the National Institute of Health, "50 percent of older adults who live on their own and 75-85 percent of the elderly in care facilities suffer from chronic pain. Yet, pain among older adults is largely under-treated, with serious health consequences, such as depression, anxiety, decreased mobility, social isolation, poor sleep, and related health risks."
The good news is that seniors who remain at home are 25-35 percent less likely to suffer from chronic pain. Further, those who receive in-home elderly care are significantly less likely to fall into the category of being "under-treated" when it comes to addressing chronic pain.
Many seniors do not get the help they need because they don't know that treatments are available. Other times, due to other health impairments, seniors cannot effectively communicate the levels of pain they are experiencing. With in-home elderly care, your senior loved one has access to a caregiver who is intimately knowledgeable with their situation and baseline statistics. Even when a senior has limited verbal communication, a caregiver is able to identify changes in behavior and/or has learned to communicate with the senior is other ways.
Many times, the treatment of chronic pain requires therapy and medication. Both can be challenging for seniors on the best of days. On days that are not optimal, seniors may miss medication, put forth little effort with therapy, or simply ignore their treatments because of excess pain, depression, or memory issues. With in-home elderly care, seniors have the support necessary to work through these challenges.
When a family caregiver provides primary care for their senior loved one, chronic pain can create situations that are too much to manage. In-home elderly care providers can come alongside family caregivers to offer necessary support, advice, and even tips and tricks to improve care.
In short, chronic pain can significantly reduce a senior's quality of life. Seniors who have the support necessary to remain in their own home are less likely to suffer from chronic pain, and those who do are more likely to receive quality treatment. If your senior loved one suffers from chronic pain, find out how Comfort Keepers in-home elderly care can help them maintain their independence, freedom, and quality of life.