A person who has trouble thinking and acting appropriately or has disturbed thoughts is said to be confused. A person with a progressive illness may become confused due to the illness, infection, a side effect of medications, decreased fluids, or during the final days. Tell your home care nurse if you notice the start of confusion and ask if anything can be tried to help.
At some point, confusion often goes hand-in-hand with a progressive physical illness. Understanding how a confused person might act may help you to feel less anxious when you see unfamiliar behaviours.
Since harm can come easily to a confused person, close supervision and guidance are needed.
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