An estimated 30 percent of seniors experience chronic pain. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic pain results in 15 percent of seniors taking prescription pain medications to reduce their symptoms. Chronic pain affects seniors mentally, emotionally, and physically. Treating this pain can boost quality of life.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can provide some pain relief by reducing inflammation in the body. These medications might be especially helpful for seniors with Alzheimer’s or injuries that have swollen. Seniors with kidney or heart disease need to talk with their doctors before taking NSAIDs.
If your parent has difficulty remembering to take medication, a home caregiver can provide regular medication reminders. Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same type of homecare. Palm Desert families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide individualized care plans to meet your elderly loved one’s unique care needs. Our holistic Balanced Care Method was designed to help seniors focus on healthy lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining strong social ties, and our Cognitive Therapeutics Method offers mentally stimulating activities that can stave off cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia.
Adjuvant analgesics are medications that aren’t designed for pain treatment but have side effects that are effective at decreasing pain. Many antidepressants act as adjuvant analgesics. These medications are especially helpful in treating the pain associated with neuropathy.
Topical Creams, Sprays, & Gels
Topical medications can help seniors with arthritis and other forms of musculoskeletal pain feel relief. These topical analgesics typically contain medications such as lidocaine, capsaicin, salicylates, or hemp. Topical analgesics are short-term solutions but can usually be safely applied several times per day. If your loved one has sensitive skin, talk with his or her doctor about the right options.
When other medication options aren’t providing relief for your loved one, the doctor might suggest prescription opioids. Opioids have gotten a lot of attention lately because they can be addictive and have the potential for misuse, which can cause serious side effects. When prescribed and used correctly, opioids are an effective form of pain relief. As pharmacies are only allotted a certain number of opioids a month to reduce their misuse, it may be difficult to find these medications regularly
It may seem contradictory, but exercise can be an extremely effective form of pain management. Exercise can enhance physical mobility, reduce depression, prevent isolation, and increase balance. Exercising can also help seniors maintain a healthy weight. Excess weight can make chronic pain worse.
Professional caregivers can help seniors exercise in safety and comfort. For some families, caring for a senior loved one can be overwhelming at times. Luckily, they can rely on professional respite care. Palm Desert, CA, Home Care Assistance is a trusted name in respite and hourly care. Our caregivers are available around the clock to assist seniors with bathing, transportation, medication reminders, exercise, and much more, allowing families the time they need to focus on other important responsibilities or just take a break.
Acupuncture is an ancient Asian practice that has gained popularity across the world in recent years. During an acupuncture session, fine needles are inserted into the skin at certain points that are believed to relieve pain. The practice helps the body release endorphins that can reduce pain temporarily.
Chiropractic Treatment & Physical Therapy
Chiropractic practitioners can reduce pain by fixing alignment problems in the spine. Adjusting the spine can enhance posture, reduce migraines, and prevent chronic back pain. Physical therapy can increase range of motion and help your loved one recover after an injury or surgery. Physical therapists slowly guide seniors through stretches and exercises that can help with pain control.
CBD oil is derived from cannabis and is becoming increasingly popular as a pain relief option. The oil has the THC removed from it, which prevents users from getting high from the product and makes it legal in most states. When used as a topical pain relief agent, CBD oil has shown to be promising in studies. One study done by the European Journal of Pain found participants who applied CBD to their skin alleviated their lower back pain and arthritis inflammation.
A compassionate home caregiver can be a valuable source of support for a senior living with chronic pain. Senior care professionals can be a wonderful boon to seniors. Whether they require around-the-clock supervision or just need assistance with exercise and household tasks a few days a week, seniors can enjoy a higher quality of life with the help of trusted in-home caregivers. Rely on the professionals at Home Care Assistance to provide high-quality compassionate care for your loved one. Reach out to one of our Care Managers today at (760) 345-0001 to schedule a free in-home consultation.