Eldercare Providers Should Use Pain as a Guide

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Most Baby Boomers cringe when elderly parents experience pain but understanding their pain profile can be a guide to helping your folks and yourself.

Seeing a loved one in pain is most uncomfortable. Not knowing how severe it is or whether it’s a harbinger of a serious long-term illness can cause intense anxiety for Baby Boomers who are assisting their parents. Hearing a parent’s distress over the phone amplifies the angst. But Dr. Vicki Rackner indicates that pain, although real, is also subjective.

In her just published feature article on Parent Care, the nation’s leading information resource for long distance caregivers, Dr. Rackner suggests that pain can be a useful guide. “Understanding your parent’s pain personality can be invaluable as you seek to offer assistance,” Rackner explains. Better understanding how your parent reacts to pain can be a key to knowing how to respond. Whether or not you should call the doctor, dial 911 or lend a sympathetic ear is easier to decide if you know your parent is an "Ostrich," among the "Worried Well" or has attributes of another pain profile.

Featured throughout the month on the Parent Care website, the article explains that pain is real, but unless it results from an accident, should be understood before actions are taken. Her article offers tips to gain an understanding the basics of pain, how to reframe it and then seek medical assistance if necessary.

Dr. Rackner is a board certified surgeon who left the operating room to become a patient advocate and teach others, especially those assisting elderly parents, to also become savvy health advocates. She is the president of Medical Bridges, author of The Personal Health Journal, a health management tool for caregivers, The Biggest Skeleton in Your Doctor’s Closet and Co-Author of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Heart Disease.

“With this being pain management month we’re especially pleased to have Dr. Rackner share her insights and answer our subscribers’ questions,” commented Parent Care CEO William Gillis. “We’re certain that the millions of caregivers across the country can benefit from the knowledge she imparts.”

About Parent Care, Inc.

Parent Care is the leading information provider to the country’s seven million long distance caregivers and their employers. Its low cost subscription service provides each subscriber with an 8 – 10 page report on services in the county where the seniors live. It helps caregivers assess their parents’ needs, identify/evaluate service providers to assist them and anticipate future needs. The reports are complemented by seasonal information, monthly interactive articles, weekly chats, daily tips and 24/7 senior news.

Parent Care, The Parent Care Report and The Parent Care Channel are registered trademarks of the firm.

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