ElderCarelink Blog

“Pharmageddon”: When Pain Management Leads To Misuse

by Sue Lanza
September 9th, 2010 at 2:12 am

Being a part of the health care industry for so many years, the effective management of pain has always been a prime focus for me. About ten years ago, some of the regulatory agencies dubbed pain “the fifth vital sign” (along with temperature, respiration, heart rate and blood pressure) elevating pain awareness and treatment mandatory for every client interaction. The reasoning behind the change was valid: studies had shown that pain was clearly being under-treated by clinicians forcing radical steps to be taken. What wasn’t expected was the significant increase in misuse and abuse of certain classes of pain medications. Now what?

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Nursing Homes Supplement Family Care

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
August 9th, 2010 at 9:28 am

I hope that the day never comes. If the day comes, however, my one consolation will date back to my younger years. I always have been clear with my parents about how I view nursing home care and placement.

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Caring at Home: Watchful Neighbors

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
August 4th, 2010 at 11:43 am

The *village stories have been burned into my memory though more than 5 years have elapsed.

Don’t be fooled by the word village, though. The village of which I speak is right here in the U.S.A.–where there are caring and watchful neighbors. Back then, I worked full-time. I was a part-time caregiver. Whenever I made my weary way back home at day’s end or called Mom throughout my work day to check on her, the village stories she shared with me were funny, lively, and always inspiring.

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