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Helping clinicians assess and manage pain in older adults
Free evidence-based tools and best practices for clinicians working with older adults








Pain on Urination

We've added to the popular, ready to print and post or discuss FAST FACTS!  This concise, two page overview of the assessment and management of pain on urination in older adults will help you and your team follow evidence-based best practices in the pain care of your older adult patients.  These are great educational tools for multiple settings.  Check out all of them.
Similar to our Fast Facts, the Gero Pain Management Guides provide a thorough, but concise overview of specific pain issues.  In this new Guide, headaches are addressed: typical causes and clinician response, possible treatment strategies and what to communicate to other team members.  A valuable tool in many settings.  And, this isn't the only one! Check out all of them​.
We’ve revised and updated our older adult-focused non-drug intervention tip sheets on massage and heat treatments. You may find the others helpful as well, and can check them out here. Also, our pain terminology tables have been updated. Check out all three: Pain Types, Pain Assessment, and Pain Treatment.


Geriatric Pain Knowledge Assessment

A new tool developed by experts in the field of geriatric pain, designed to assess baseline knowledge of important concepts related to pain in older adults.  Case study scenarios are in the nursing home setting, but are relevant to many settings that provide pain care to older adults.  

The assessment is offered free of charge in an effort to  increase clinical knowledge and improve the quality of care to older adults who experience pain.   ​Learn more.     

Reviewed and Updated 9.7.15​​​

 Pain Assessment


The first step to assure quality pain care is appropriate pain assessment.

Use these pocket guides to improve patient care!

Numeric Rating Scale

Verbal Descriptor Scale

FACES Pain Scale


 Fast Facts and More!

Check out our Fast Facts - one-page pain resources to use for training your staff!
Use our Pain Management Guides as handy reference tools for your nurses.