Assessing Chronic Pain in the Cognitively Impaired
- A Video Guide for Nurses and CNAs in Long-Term Care Facilities -

When residents experience pain, it can affect their lives in every way from eating to sleeping and even simple movements. Caregivers commonly rely on residents to report their pain, but some residents, like those who suffer from dementia, are unable to communicate verbally. Under these circumstances, we need to use other methods to help assess pain. In this educational video, we will:

  • Define pain, so that it is easier to identify when it is present
  • Help you understand how to use your skills to recognize and assess pain in your residents
  • Address some special challenges that caregivers face in assessing pain when residents cannot self-report. This is often the case when residents have cognitive impairment, like different forms of dementia
  • Explore ways that you and your facility can help residents manage pain
This video will explain the differences between acute and chronic pain, and describe how people experience pain in different ways. Then we'll show you some simple methods to help assess pain and offer support to your residents.

"Assessing Chronic Pain in the Cognitively Impaired" is a practical educational tool. It demonstrates important skills necessary to help caregivers assess pain, using signs that are often non-verbal. It also explains how caregivers must rely on their trusted understanding of each resident.

Filled with practical information and useful instruction, this video training provides a unique and interactive learning experience. In addition to the valuable information contained in the video and facilitator's guide, which you can download from our web site, the video in-service provides opportunities for facilitated discussion to help participants assess chronic pain in the cognitively impaired.

ElderCare Communications is a leading provider of high quality video-based education and information to help improve the quality of care and resident quality of life in long-term care settings.

You may download the facilitator guide here.



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