Could your resident be experiencing delirium? Recent and sudden behavioural changes should be carefully considered for signs.
People with delirium can experience heightened arousal, become restless, agitated and aggressive. Alternately, they may be withdrawn, sleepy, and quiet. This tool is designed to assist health care professionals assess, treat and/or eliminate sources of delirium that may be impacting on a person’s exacerbation of Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD).
This resource assists you in looking for:
- Bladder symptoms, including changes in urine, incontinence, and genital discomfort
- Changes in bowel habits, including pain, cramps, diarrhoea, and appetite
- Pain indicators, including a history of conditions, physical appearance, recent surgery, and skin integrity
- Signs of infection, including localised infection, evidence of pneumonia, and pressure sores
- Changes in medication
This resource material is informed by literature and associate practice evidence. This guidance should be applied within your organisations policies and procedures.