We’ve collated resources to enable you to support people at risk of developing delirium and people who go on to develop delirium, including supporting family care partners and carers.
Delirium causes a short term confused state and can develop over hours or days. It is a common condition. 20% of adults in hospital experience delirium, 50% of people who have a hip fracture will experience delirium.
People can develop delirium anywhere such as in hospital, care homes and living at home. Delirium can affect memory, concentration and personality. It is a sign of an underlying illness and is a medical emergency. Delirium will usually improve, once the underlying illness is treated, but sometimes it can last for a while.
Raising awareness about delirium is important in order to ensure that the person at risk or who goes on to develop delirium, gets the right care and treatment.
- Dementia United delirium resources – raising awareness for support staff
- Dementia United delirium resources – training and toolkits for practitioners, managers and qualified staff