Recognising and preventing delirium
Posted: 10 September 2018
This is a quick guide for care home managers. Delirium is preventable in 30% of cases. Delirium is a sudden change in a person’s mental state. It is a serious condition that is sometimes mistaken for dementia or, more rarely, depression.
Unlike dementia, delirium develops quickly and is usually temporary. Having delirium can mean:
- longer hospital stays
- increased risk of dementia
- increased mortality.