Pain and discomfort are common experiences by people who are suffering from a terminal illness. This is why our palliative care in California focus also on pain management, as well as providing comfort care during the remaining days of your terminally ill loved one.
Feelings of pain and discomfort can be caused by different medical reasons. As a provider of hospice in Burbank, we are sharing with you the common causes of these feelings suffered by terminally ill patients and how to address them.
- Breathing problems
Shortness of breath or dyspnea makes it hard for a sick loved one to communicate. Elevating the head, opening a window in the room, and using a humidifier can help relieve breathlessness.
- Skin irritations
Lying down in the same position for prolonged periods can cause bed sores. These bedsores are painful and itchy. It would help if you help your bedridden loved one change his/her lying position from one side to another.
- Digestive problems
Problems such as nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and constipation are common for terminally ill patients. Sometimes, these can even be side effects of pain medication. Ask your loved one’s doctor about medication that can help relieve these problems or side effects.
At Mar Vista Hospice, our palliative and hospice care in Burbank, California, includes nursing services. Our trusted and professional nurses can help you in making your sick loved one physically comfortable during their last days.