Pain management in hospice care is not just about keeping the patient on a heavy dose of analgesics. Normally, doctors and trained nurses involved in this care process make end-of-life less painful. Hospice care does not encourage any treatment to recover from a terminal illness, but it strives to make the quality of life better.
Physical therapy may be helpful in overcoming muscular pain and making patients more independent for movement. This approach can reduce pain and improve the quality of end of life.
Occupational therapy can also help to reduce muscular pain and improve the ability to perform activities using the upper limbs. This approach can help to improve the quality of life and reduce the pain in muscles and joints.
Spiritual exercises and practices can also help to reduce stress and emotional pain as the patient’s acceptance of death improves with the involvement of spiritual counseling.
Dietitians can also help to make an end-of-life experience less painful by planning a diet that has a positive effect on health and reduces any discomfort related to diet.
Sometimes it’s not easy to control pain just by using pain medicines. The involvement of physical therapy, occupational therapy, spiritual counseling, and a dietitian can also help physicians make end-of-life care less painful by providing a better quality of life.