From Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA)
Patients may not be able to speak or describe their pain in the late stages of dementia, if they have had a stroke or in the late stages of other diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease). However, just because they cannot speak does not mean they are not experiencing pain.
Family members may be the first to notice little changes in patient's mood or behavior that may mean the patient has pain.
Patients may display any of the following behaviors
People have different coping patterns and may not always look like you think a person with pain should look like.
Always ask if the patient has pain.
BELIEVE THE PATIENT! Remember pain is whatever the person says it is, occurring whenever and wherever the person says it does.
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