Signs and Symptoms of Pain

Managing pain is an important part of providing quality care to your residents. However, residents living in assisted living and residential care communities may sometimes have difficulty communicating that they are in pain. Regularly monitoring residents for changes in condition or behavior can be an effective way to monitor for pain. The following are examples of possible signs of pain to watch out for:

  • Moaning, crying, screaming, or sighing
  • Unhappy expression (frowning)
  • Resident feels sad, angry, depressed, or hopeless
  • Resident acts out in aggression
  • Breathing loud
  • Guarding a body part/area
  • Resident remains in same position to avoid pain related to movement
  • Lack of appetite
  • Increased or decreased amount of sleep
  • Restless, uncomfortable, or moves around continuously
  • Does not want to be touched, or continually pulls at area of body that is in pain

If you believe your resident is in pain, report this to a supervisor/physician, and follow the physician’s treatment instructions.

3 Responses to “Signs and Symptoms of Pain”

  1. Many times it’s how we experience and perceive pain in ourselves that lead us to do so with others. This may or may not help in diagnosing in others. It is good professional practice to do self checks regarding this issue, and it’s a good topic for group work.

  2. “Signs and symptoms of Pain”

  3. That is an excellent point, Andy! You are absolutely correct. We should always be mindful of how our personal “filter” can impact how we see things in our residents.

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