Delirium: What is it? Signs and Symptoms
What is delirium and what do you need to know?
As well as the person living with dementia, delirium can have a major impact on carers. It is really important to ensure carers are given the knowledge of what to look for, how to respond and importantly, to prevent it from happening or recurring. Carers play a vital role from treatment to prevention of delirium.
Why join this session?
Delirium is a common and serious illness that starts very suddenly when a person becomes physically unwell. The condition is often missed and can be mistaken for dementia or dementia progressing.
Older people are at higher risk, particularly those with dementia. The person may present with increased confusion, agitation, personality changes, and hallucinations and can be frightening and stressful for both the person and their carers.
It’s important to act quickly if you notice a sudden change in the person you care for, early recognition will improve the outcomes and reduce negative impact for both the person and the carer.
The session is for you if you would like to …
- Gain a better understanding of delirium
- Know what to look out for, to identify it at an early stage
- Understand ways of preventing episodes of delirium
- Discuss the emotional impact of delirium on yourself and the person with dementia
- Spend time with experienced healthcare professionals who will answer your questions in a safe, supportive environment
- Meet other people who are looking after a friend or family member with dementia in a similar situation