Hospital-induced delirium can be a frightening risk of hospitalization for your older adult. Experts estimate that as many as half of senior adults who are hospitalized experience this type of sudden and marked change in state of mind and cognitive functioning.
Those who experience hospital-induced delirium are much more likely to encounter serious health problems and have a higher risk of death than those who do not. As a family caregiver, it is important to evaluate your senior’s individual risk for developing delirium so you can take the proper steps to protect them should they encounter a situation where they must be hospitalized.
Some risk factors that increase the potential for developing hospital-induced delirium include:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Personal history of delirium
- Low vision or eye disease that causes visual impairment
- Hearing loss
- Suffering multiple medical problems at the same time
- Being in the intensive care unit
- Being in the hospital due to surgery
- Taking certain medications
- Infections such as pneumonia, flu, or urinary tract infections
You can be an advocate for your senior while they are in the hospital.
Paying close attention to their behaviors and condition, as well as the care and treatment they receive from their medical team, can help to reduce the risk of them developing delirium, and also enable the team to detect it more easily. Delirium is often missed by medical teams, meaning the senior suffers it for longer and can experience worse effects. The earlier this condition is detected, the better it can be managed and the lower the risk for serious complications.
Being a family caregiver for your elderly parent doesn’t mean you need to take on all of their care and responsibilities on your own. In fact, asking for help is one of the best things you can do for your senior and for you as their family caregiver. Home care can be a valuable supplement to the care you give your aging loved one, helping them to live their best life through personalized care on a customized schedule.
These services, including meal preparation, personal care assistance, medication reminders, and more, aren’t just beneficial for your senior, however. For you, these services reduce stress, free up your schedule, and allow you to focus on your personal relationship with your senior as much as their care.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Elderly Care in Chelsea, AL, please contact the caring staff at Senior Legacy Care today. Call us at (205) 380-7418.
Susan still owns and operates a successful accounting firm in Pelham.She believes that the combination of her business experience and compassion for others is a perfect blend to grow Senior Legacy into a leader in the senior home care industry.Susan is committed to the further growth of Senior Legacy’s clients, employees, and surrounding community.
Susan has four wonderful children, and three amazing grandkids.She loves spending time with her family and enjoys traveling and gardening in her down time.
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