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What Are the Best Ways to Help Your Loved One to Deal with Chronic Pain?

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Chronic pain is not something that you want to see your elderly loved one struggle with. How you and she deal with it can make all the difference for her. Start out by formulating a plan and then put it into action so that she can get some relief.

Be Open with Your Loved One’s Doctor

Sometimes elderly loved ones are afraid to mention pain to their doctors for a variety of reasons. Encourage her to speak up and to be open with her doctor about the types, severity, and frequency of the pain that she’s experiencing. Once he has all of the pertinent information, your loved one’s doctor can do a better job of coming up with suggestions that are more likely to work for her.

Follow the Treatment Plans Recommended

Your loved one’s doctor may come up with a treatment plan that covers a lot of different suggestions. He may recommend exercise, medication, physical therapy, or any of a number of other solutions. Your loved one may need to make modifications to her diet or start taking supplements. The key is to start following the treatment plan as recommended and then if the plan doesn’t work, it can be modified.

Look for Assistive Devices

Another option that can help your loved one to deal with some types of chronic pain is the use of assistive devices. Assistive devices can range from wheelchairs, walkers, and canes all the way up to voice-activated software that can help your loved one to deal with pain from carpal tunnel syndrome. Look for assistive devices that your loved one can use to manage her particular pain.

Establish a Support System for Your Loved One

Loneliness can really contribute to pain for your elderly loved one. Establishing a support network for her can help to remedy that problem and ensure that she has help around when she needs it. Talk to her friends, other family members, and elder care providers about ways to make your loved one’s daily life easier for her.

Work with your loved one and her medical team to come up with a combination strategy that works best for her.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Boca Raton, FL, please contact the caring staff at Alternative Home Health Care today. Call (954) 622-0588.

Zachary Desmond, Executive Administrator

Executive Administrator at Alternative Home Health Care
Zach Desmond began working with Alternative Home Health Care in September of 2013. In his role as Executive Administrator (EA), Zach is responsible for the overall direction of the organization and high level strategy that aligns with the company’s overall mission, vision, and values.

Zach brings to Alternative 10 years of healthcare operations, sales, finance, and “turn around” experience, having led multiple home health care locations across five states to profitability and sustainability. His history of improving customer service, work flow design, and operational efficiencies along with bottom line profitability has earned him awards and recognition a top performer. Zach realized early on in his career that he felt a true connection to caring for those who need help and ensuring they received the highest quality of care available.

Zach received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Zach resides in Fort Lauderdale with his wife, three dogs, one cat and stays very involved in his local community.

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