How You Can Help Someone with Signs of Delirium
It’s normal to feel scared watching your loved one be confused and disoriented. There are ways you can help. If you suspect your loved one is starting to suffer from delirium, here are a few things you can do:
- Record the time and date when the change was noticed.
- Speak in a calm, soothing voice and tell your loved one where they are and remind them who you are.
- Find the list of your loved one’s medications to give to the doctor or nurse.
- Turn off the TV or loud music.
- Avoid sudden movements.
- Encourage them to put on their glasses or hearing aids, and put in dentures.
- Encourage them to use the bathroom, if necessary.
- Encourage an increase in activity. Use diversions such as going for a walk together.
- Provide a warm blanket if he or she is cold.
- Provide food or water if he or she is allowed to eat or drink.
- Contact his or her doctor.
Help Prevent Another Episode
You may be able to help prevent another episode of delirium. Here’s how:
- Provide favorite photos, blankets or pillows.
- Encourage other family members and friends to visit.
- Use large clocks and calendars.
- Keep a consistent routine.
- Make sure the dosage and timing of medications is consistent.
- Check to make sure dentures, hearing aids or eyeglasses are working properly.
- Play calming, familiar music.
- Make sure he or she is getting enough sleep.
Delirium is a serious, treatable condition. Your healthcare providers are here to help. If you need a doctor, call our referral line at 301-774-8881.