|How Social Services and Activities Can Impact Pain:
This past year we have been very assertive during visits to include these disciplines in pain management. Pain has a significant psychosocial component as well as physical that must be addressed to enhance a resident’s coping skills. The Medical Model does
not include this aspect and thus, facilities are not treating the entire person.The following interventions are easy to use and can have a positive outcome on the residents’ quality of life:
Aromatherapy: usually lavender Bulgaria or Roman chamomile.
Pet therapy: stroking a pet can increase seratonin production and create feelings of wellness and enhance mood.
Sound therapy: the use of sound machines, classical music, or listening to one’s preferred music genre can help relax a resident. Another alternative is the use of Tibetan sound bowls to create changes on a cellular level. The use of tabletop water fountains creates a visual and auditory distraction.
A 50 year old female resident suffering from pancreatic cancer told me “my social worker put this water fountain in my room. It did not reduce my pain but relaxes me so I can actually sleep. It has been a great help.”
A resident on hospice had an enclosed table top water fountain placed in the room by the social worker. The family member stated: “Even though my mother is deaf, this fountain helps create tranquility for all of my family and we believe my mother feels our peace and it allows her to remain peaceful.”
Psychologist Visits: A resident can work with the facility psychologist for pain management. The psychologist may use a variety of techniques including visualization, biofeedback, etc.
These interventions are often highly successful, easy to use, and are cost effective.
Please contact us for more information on how you can make an impact on pain.