Mar 20, 2015 - 12:01 PM
Hospice uses the principles of palliative care to provide patient comfort. The doctor will order pain medications beginning with the mildest regimen that provides comfort and save the stronger meds for later.
These medications may include a combination of medications to enhance the pain relief effectiveness and minimize side effects.
You can help your mom keep records for the doctor about the level of pain she has before taking medications and the amount of relief after administration.
The doctor uses this information to evaluate the effectiveness of the pain relief regimen and if an adjustment in meds needs to be made.
Hospice will frequently teach the patient to take their own pain medications. They tend to be more relaxed and the meds more effective, if they have control over their own medications.
It is encouraged not to let the pain get too intense before taking the medications. Pain relief can also be enhanced with the use of relaxation and/or distraction therapies.