I have been a resident at The Barrington for several years and I am a widow. I am happy here; never lonely, very safe, with friends and a caring staff.
Living With Chronic Pain Back
Living with chronic pain is one of the most common experiences many seniors face daily. Chronic pain can result from a disability, injury (such as a fall), fibromyalgia, endometriosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, shingles, nerve damage, and even unidentifiable causes. Chronic pain is typically defined as pain that persists beyond the expected time of healing (usually around 12 weeks). Pain in later life can result from neuropathies from diabetes, chemotherapy, surgery, or from advanced chronic disease.
The Risks of Chronic Pain
No matter the cause for chronic pain, one thing is universal; chronic pain takes a toll on your life and on the lives of those around you. The constant struggle with physical pain can lead to depression, social problems, and even loss of appetite and sleep. It may be difficult to have the desire to get up and out of the house when everything associated with that is very painful. It is possible to manage your symptoms and find pleasure in life despite the pain you experience.
What Seniors Can Do to Manage Chronic Pain
While chronic pain can be debilitating, there is a lot of hope when it comes to living a life filled with pleasure and happiness. Yes, chronic pain can be difficult to completely eliminate, but there are many ways you can reduce and manage your pain and regain your life.
Discuss your pain with your doctor
A comprehensive geriatric pain assessment is an excellent tool your doctor can utilize to help understand and treat your chronic pain. Try to be as specific and honest as possible when describing your symptoms so you and your doctor can work together to find viable improvements with your pain.
2. Do things that energize you
This may sound silly, but finding ways to re-energize yourself not only distracts you from your chronic pain, but it will give you additional energy to live each day with more pleasure. Joining a social club, working part-time, volunteering, or spending time with family may just be what you’ve needed to take the focus off your pain.
3. Exercise regularly
It can be hard to understand why exercising when you hurt badly can be something that is helpful. According to Dr. Wayne McCormick at the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Washington, staying active and exercising regularly is one of the most effective ways to make living with chronic pain more tolerable.
4. Explore therapeutic options
Cognitive behavior therapy, self management training, and physical therapy are all options that may help in developing coping mechanisms that may make living with pain more tolerable. You may learn techniques that help you manage the stress pain causes, and may steer you clear of depression that can accompany chronic pain.
5. Involve those around you
You do not have to suffer alone! Find out if there is a support group in your community where you can connect with others that understand the challenges of living with chronic pain. Lean on your loved ones. They love you and want to help you. Whether its running an errand, taking you to an appointment, or just helping with a few things around your house; they are a wonderful resource to utilize.
Chronic pain is a very real, serious condition. It is important to communicate with those around you as honestly as possible when you are experiencing pain. Doing so not only avoids misunderstandings, but it also allows others to help and love you. There is a lot of hope when it comes to living with chronic pain. Work with your doctor, communicate with those around you, and engage in good self-care to manage your symptoms and find pleasure in life despite the pain you experience.
The first time I walked into the Barrington I had a very warm feeling. The entire staff is very caring and helpful. I enjoy all the activities and social events that we have. I really enjoy the food; our chef does a great job. I feel that there is something for everyone here to in enjoy here at The Barrington. I have made some wonderful friends with the residents and staff. The Barrington is a great place to live.
I came to the Barrington in 2009; this place saved my life. The room my daughter picked out for me overlooks the school and the children who go there. The trees and the surrounding grounds are beautiful. I love to walk outdoors and meditate. I also enjoy our trips to the beaches and parks. I am on the welcoming committee, serve at happy hour, and I go with the Marketing Team to do outreach. This is my home and the staff is my family.
The Barrington in Largo, FL, was recommended to us by A Place for Mom as an option for my parents. My wife and I visited The Barrington for a tour. We were greeted by Sherrie (Regional Supervisor, Tarantino Properties) for our visit. Sherrie was extremely knowledgeable & professional; a great representative for The Barrington. We also met Linda (Nurse Administrator) in order to describe the care needs required for my father. Linda was very understanding of my Dad’s needs and took the time to formulate a care plan for my father. Linda was extremely helpful with a great sense of humor. From the start, we were comfortable with The Barrington. The residents were happy, friendly and outgoing; we even spoke with a couple of them. We were provided with an overview of the facility (both assisted living & independent living) and walked the property. From the front desk staff to the caregivers, all personnel were professional, caring and friendly. Unlike the numerous other ALFs we visited in the Tampa, FL, area, The Barrington offers 1 bedroom apartments; not studios. This makes your “home” feel like HOME not just one room with a bathroom. The units even have small kitchens and screened covered lianas (porches). Very nice touch! The Barrington was very clean; very important to us and my parents. We knew from the time we walked in to The Barrington, this was the place for Mom & Dad. As a result, we scheduled a second visit for my parents to visit the property. My parents were pleasantly surprised with the beauty of the property; large facility surrounded by huge oak trees and even a swimming pool! If you have a vehicle, covered parking is provided; what a bonus. Again, we were greeted by Sherrie; she took the time to show my parents the grounds and treated us all to lunch. …..and a great lunch too! We met the chef and the food was really good. Our server, Jolene, was very personable and even though she did not know my parents, she joked with them and made them feel right at home. The Barrington has a Nurse Practitioner on site as well as a contractor providing on site physical therapy. My wife and I met all healthcare professionals and were pleased with all. How convenient; healthcare professionals on site and you don’t even have to get in the car to go anywhere. The Barrington has complimentary van service that meets everyone’s needs. In conclusion, The Barrington was the place we all decided would be “home” for Mom & Dad. My parents have been residents at The Barrington for about 1 month now and all is good. They have told me the residents are friendly and they like the staff. They have bragged how good the food is….very healthy options and if you don’t like healthy, then you can order a grilled cheese, hamburger or hot dog with onion rings. :o) Of course my parents are going through an adjustment but the staff at The Barrington have made Mom & Dad feel right at home. Since moving in, The Barrington continues to impress. On July 4, they had a cookout for the residents. They have happy hour one evening a week…..even took the residents to a local park for a picnic; also took the residents out for free slushy day offered by the 7-11 store. There is complimentary Wi-Fi offered in the lobby and basic cable tv (BrightHouse) is provided free of charge in each residents room. Bottom line – Mom & Dad’s home cannot be replaced but The Barrington is the next best thing.
I love it here. This place is just like next to heaven. It's as close as you can get.
I love it! Katie and Amber are so helpful and keep me involved. Everyone is so kind here. I love bingo. We have such sweet, sweet people working here. The food is outstanding too!
I love it here. Katie and Amber are the reason I love it here. You both are exactly why I love every day here.
There are just so many activities here that it's hard to choose what to do. I love the poker on Thursday nights. It's been an easy transition for me.
The people that work here are really nice and attentive. I like playing Scrabble and staying busy. Our walking club is really fun. I love being outside. Our walkway around the building is so nice. I always like when they come in and help me get ready for my day in the morning. The Parkinson's program is so nice to get my day started too.
I like the activities here. That's my favorite part. We painted bird houses and now they're in the courtyard. I love the entertainment here. The music is from the right era! I am really happy.