Older people, their carers and families

A key strategy to improving care for an older person with confusion is proactive involvement of their family members or carers in their assessment and care planning. Family members/carers can provide valuable information to staff caring for the older person with confusion.

Carers and families may need reassurance if the older person is distressed and restless. Like the hospitalised older person, carers and family members can feel frightened, judged, confused and not confident that staff in healthcare facilities understand their particular circumstances.

It’s important to include carers and families in discussions and decisions, and to provide information about delirium and its treatment. Encourage them to notify staff of any sudden change in the patient’s mental or physical condition.

A number of resources are available to inform and support carers and families of a confused hospitalised older person in hospital.

Information for carers/family members

Carer questionnaires

The following resources are examples of forms used to collect information from carers/family members about an older patient, to assist health professionals in providing care that meets their individual needs.

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