In particular, you can help your loved one more safely get through a hospitalization by: Now, not all hospital delirium can be prevented.
This will help you stay up-to-speed on the hospital course. Focus on doing what you can to help the delirium resolve.
To treat delirium, here’s what the doctors and nurses usually do: It can be scary to see an older person confused in the hospital, especially if you know that delirium can have serious consequences. As a family caregiver, you can play a very important role in providing a supportive and reassuring presence during an older person’s delirium.
You can also: If you are of the really vigilant and proactive type, you may want to double-check that your loved one isn’t getting any sedatives or anticholinergic medications that make confusion worse.
Even though these medications are risky for hospitalized seniors, it’s not uncommon for them to be prescribed!
Sharon Inouye, the founder of the Hospital Elder Life Program: 062 – Interview: Preventing Hospital Delirium & Maintaining Brain Health Have you had any experiences with hospital delirium?