Pain management means that long-term care communities will implement a comprehensive system to address issues related to pain. This system involves assessing and managing pain in residents, both long and short term, so that all residents have individualized, person-centered care plans. Long-term care residents will receive appropriate care to prevent and minimize episodes of moderate to severe pain. Less than adequate pain management can affect residents’ daily activities and quality of life. It can also cause depression, sleeplessness, restlessness, or decline in appetite and unintentional weight loss.
Institutional Commitment to Pain Management
Many factors make pain assessment and management in the long-term-care setting challenging. Institutional commitment is essential to overcoming these barriers. The leadership of the organization must ensure that a commitment to resident comfort permeates all aspects of the facility’s operation.