When Chronic Pain in Older Adults is Severe

Chronic pain is one of the most common conditions encountered by healthcare professionals, particularly among patients older than 65. Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts longer than 3 months (longer than the body needs to heal). Older patients are more likely to hurt from musculoskeletal disorders such as arthritis, and nerve damage from diabetes or shingles. Pain is associated with substantial disability from reduced mobility, avoidance of activity, falls, depression and anxiety, sleep

Managing Pain at End-of-Life

Pain Management is a complicated issue for any patient, but even more so for those facing life-threatening illnesses or an end-of-life prognosis. At VNA, our physicians are trained specifically in management of symptoms when quality of life matters so much, when time is short at the end of life. VNA’s Hospice Medical Director, Dr. Neeta Nayak is Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Care, and much of her role involves addressing pain management for the

End-of-Life Care – Start the Conversation Today

The final chapter of our lives can be filled with difficult and emotional decisions. A rapid decline in health or an emergency can prompt family members and health care professionals to have to make critical end-of-life care choices. Our personal intentions can get lost during these often-hurried situations. According to a survey conducted by The Conversation Project, 90 percent of Americans believe talking about end-of-life care with loved ones is important, yet 27 percent of

How Can a Rehabilitation Hospital Help You and Your Family?

Deciding on care for a loved one with serious medical conditions can be confusing. In south central Pennsylvania, rehabilitation hospitals offer patients opportunities to move toward wellness and independence. An inpatient rehabilitation hospital provides physical medicine as well as rehabilitation programs and services. These hospitals offer advanced treatment tailored to each patient’s goals. Patients who may benefit from this type of care include those with some of the following conditions: • Fractures, joint replacements, musculoskeletal

Rotator Cuff Tears

What is the Rotator Cuff? The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder. The rotator cuff assists in raising the arm away from the body and overhead. It also maintains proper position of the shoulder joint and provides stability to the shoulder joint. Rotator cuff tears are a common source of shoulder pain for many individuals. Rotator Cuff Injuries There is a spectrum of injuries that occur in

The Relief of Hospice – Hospice as a Concert of Care

People tend to put off accessing hospice care because it represents a life-altering shift: acknowledging that a disease in its advanced form will not be cured and that time is limited. As hospice providers, fellow mortals and Americans, we understand the hesitation. Yet when a physician says, “There isn’t any more we can do,” hospice says, “There’s so much more we can do.” When a patient receives a number related to prognosis, we say it’s