A good day is one in which pain is managed well.
When people living with dementia are in pain there can be barriers to them doing something about it because of the changes in their brain. It might be harder for the person living with dementia to understand what's wrong. It might be harder for them to do the organising involved in working through how to remove the cause of the pain. It might be harder to talk to someone to get help. They may not be able to use words to tell us what they are experiencing. This month's big idea is that when we are working with people living with dementia we need to be extra alert and proactive to overcome those barriers so we can spot and help pain.
This month we invite you to join us for a presentation about pain and dementia that introduces a simple reminder about being pain aware when we are supporting people living with dementia: Think OUCH -Observe, Understand, Communicate, Help. This 25-minute presentation comes from our Dementia STARs programme. You can find out more about Dementia STARs here.