Dealing with Delirium: 4 Ways Home Care Assistance Helps North,Texas Seniors
Delirium is a serious medical condition that predominantly affects seniors post-surgery, illness, or injury. Today’s post explains how our home care assistance programs help seniors prevent and manage delirium in North, Texas.
What Is Delirium?
The Global Council on Brain Health defines delirium as a serious medical condition characterized by “a sudden change in thinking and behavior.” Delirium can strike at any age, but it’s most common among seniors, affecting as many as half of all Americans age 65 and older following hospital admissions.
Though it can occur in any setting, delirium is most common in hospitals. A 2020 GCBH report found that 50% of seniors hospitalized for hip fractures developed delirium, along with nearly two-thirds of all ICU patients.
How Delirium Affects Seniors In North, Texas
The GCBH report looks specifically at the nature and impact of this serious medical conditions, which are encapsulated in the “6 D’s of Delirium” below:
- Distress—A 2020 survey conducted by the AARP found that 20% of seniors who developed delirium said they were “extremely or very frightened by the experience.”
- Death—According to the GCBH literature review, “patients who develop delirium in an intensive care unit (ICU) have a two to four times increased risk of death both in and out of the hospital.”
- Duration–The longer the delirium continues, the higher the likelihood of harm to the brain. The duration varies, but many episodes last during and after transfers out of hospital settings.
- Dollars—Delirium and its related complications cost an estimated $164 billion every year in the United States.
- Dementia—In those who have dementia, delirium often leads to accelerated decline.
- Dignity—”Delirium is also a threat to human dignity,” writes the GCBH. “In addition to physical harm, mental states can vary widely from extreme apathy to extreme agitation, and it often causes people to feel disoriented, frightened, angry, paranoid and isolated.”
Preventing Delirium With Home Care Assistance In North,texas
Based on the best available evidence from observational studies and randomized controlled trials, the consensus among GCBH researchers is that the optimal approach to treating delirium before elective surgery is prevention. With the right home care assistance and “prehabilitation” interventions, delirium risk for North, Texasseniors can drop by 40%.
These are just a few of the GCBH-recommended prehabilitation and prevention practices (listed on page 5) that we already include as part of every custom home care assistance plan:
- Report any change in mental status or behaviour–as your loved one’s primary home care assistance provider, we’re perfectly positioned to spot symptoms early on.
- Help your loved one keep as close to their normal routine as possible with structured meals, sleep, and activities.
- Help your loved one get active as soon as possible once cleared by the medical team after surgery or illness.
- Ensure that patient information is correct to minimize problems during transfers between health care
Learn More About Home Care Assistance In North, Texas
Call 940-241-2273 or visit the Always Best Care Southlake-Denton website to learn more about what our home care assistance programs can do to promote your loved one’s healthy aging and recovery post-surgery, illness, or injury