Delirium is a sudden, confused state of mind that comes and goes over the day. People with delirium may have changes in the way they think. Their personality and behaviour may change quite a bit. They may have trouble paying attention to what is going on around them or doing the things they normally can do.
Delirium is a warning sign that something is happening that needs to be diagnosed and treated right away. Call your family doctor, nurse, healthcare provider, or Health Link.
Delirium in someone with dementia can be harder to see. You may notice a sudden change in behaviour. You may also notice that the person may not be able to do things as well, or may not pay attention as well.
The questions below may help you recognize if someone has delirium. If you check off more than one of the questions below, please tell the nurse, doctor, or healthcare provider.
Do they fall asleep during your visits or are they harder to wake up?
Current as of: January 22, 2016
Author: Senior’s Health Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services
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