Could a person with dementia in your care be experiencing delirium? Recent and sudden behavioural changes should be carefully considered as signs of a delirium.
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 Alternately, they may be withdrawn, sleepy and quiet.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, and contributing to changes in behaviour.
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.