Pain Management Strategies in Residents with Cognitive Impairment and Dementia
With the number of residents that we service with some degree of cognitive impairment increasing, strategies to effectively identify and manage behaviors such as agitation and aggression have growing importance. Identifying the source of the agitation and aggression can be challenging, but studies have shown these types of behaviors can be attributed to discomfort and pain a significant portion of the time. The biological changes that occur with cognitive impairment impede an individual’s ability to appropriately process stimuli and communicate effectively to others what they are experiencing. Successfully identifying and treating pain in residents with dementia has shown positive results in reducing the incidence of agitation and aggression as well as other potential negative effects such as falls, injuries and hospitalizations. This education seminar will focus on residents with cognitive impairment, the behavior manifestations that may occur, and the identification and treatment of pain in this resident population.
Assistant Living Managers
CE -- 3.0
Assisted Living Manager
1. Provide an overview of cognitive impairment and dementia, and the various degrees of cognitive changes associated with these conditions.
2. Identify and review behavior manifestations that may occur with cognitive impairment and discuss how pain may present in this population.
3. Review pain assessment strategies for residents with cognitive impairment.
4. Discuss non-pharmacological and pharmacological interventions for behavior manifestations and pain.
5. In response to the approval of the CMS Final Rule for Long Term Care Facilities, review important regulatory considerations associated with caring for residents with dementia.
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