Navigating Pain Management in Hospice Care

Pain is a complex and multi-dimensional experience, especially for individuals receiving hospice care. At this crucial juncture, our interdisciplinary team collaborates to ensure your loved one’s comfort is prioritized above all else.

Opioids are commonly prescribed in hospice care due to their effectiveness in alleviating pain and their versatility in administration. Our team prioritizes safety and carefully monitors medication usage to minimize any potential risks. Your loved one may receive pain medications through various methods:

  1. Oral Medication: This convenient and widely preferred method offers ease of administration.
  2. Intravenous (IV) Administration: Providing rapid relief when necessary, pain medication can be administered through an IV.
  3. Transdermal Patches: Placed on the skin, these patches offer continuous pain relief over an extended period.
  4. Rectal Administration: In specific cases, medications may be administered rectally for effective pain management.
  5. Subcutaneous Infusions: Administered under the skin, this method offers sustained relief while minimizing discomfort.

We recommend that caregivers monitor their loved ones’ pain levels. Keeping a notebook to record observations and utilizing our Helpful Tips for Describing Pain tool can help you communicate effectively with our team and ensure your loved one’s needs are promptly met.

For further guidance on hospice care, you can explore “How to Comfort a Loved One Receiving Hospice Care.” Additionally, if your loved one is receiving medications, you’ll find valuable insights in our resource titled “5 Tips for Managing Pain Medications in Hospice Care.” These resources are designed to empower caregivers with the knowledge and tools they need to ensure their loved one’s comfort and well-being throughout their hospice journey.


At MJHS, we value both personal and professional caregivers and recognize the critical work you do. That is why we have created these online caregiving resources to help you through this crucial time in your life.

If you need additional help and support caring for your loved one, please feel free to contact MJHS. We can recommend other care options available to you through one of our programs.

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