Northeast Florida Community Hospice

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Use the Patient/Caregiver Pain Education Tool to help you understand what to expect, as well as identify your pain level and report it to your nurse.

People have different coping patterns and may not always look like you think a person with pain should look. Patients may display any of the following, either at rest or while being moved:

  • Sleeping a lot or having difficulty sleeping Using terms such as hurting, aching or “hurt all over” (generalized pain)
  • Facial expressions such as grimacing, frowning, looking sad and wrinkling of the brow, especially in patients who are less alert
  • Movements such as restlessness, fidgeting, moving slowly, protecting a body part, pacing, rocking back and forth
  • Verbal expressions, such as moaning, groaning or crying out
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Rubbing or protecting the place that hurts
  • Changes in eating patterns
  • Changes in usual behaviors (for example, a vocal patient becomes quiet or a quiet patient becomes vocal)
  • Changes in activity level, or resisting activity or movement
  • Withdrawal from family and friends

Some complementary care methods such as relaxation exercises and pet therapy may help in the relief of pain.  

For additional information on these methods, please speak with a member of your Community Hospice team.

To report any new problems, pain that is not relieved, or if side effects such as vomiting, nausea, rash, dry mouth, constipation or increased sleepiness occur, call the 24/7 Patient Priority Line at 904.407.7300 immediately to speak to a nurse. Please have your Patient Security Code available.