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How does hospice manage pain?

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Published on Apr 4, 2013

Hospice manages pain very well. Hospice will manage pain through medications; there are wonderful medications out there these days to take care of patients at this important time of their life. There are medications that can be given orally in pill form, under your tongue or by patches that can be put on. Hospice is very good at choosing the medication that really is right for you: not too much, not too little, but just right. The nurses that you work with in hospice are going to be watching your pain very closely. They want to make sure that they're ahead of the pain, that if they see an increase coming they have a higher dose ready, and if you're having less pain, they want to be able to switch you to a lower dose so that you don't have any unnecessary drowsiness. Hospice nurses want to make sure that your family is trained on how to give pain medication, if that is something they want to do and if it becomes necessary. They also want to make sure you have measures in place to manage your pain during the night, around the clock and on weekends. They want to really take care of your pain and make sure you're as pain free as possible.

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