Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Content for Educating Older Adults and their Families about Delirium

Content for educating older adults and their families about delirium:

  • what delirium is, and why the person is at risk for delirium,
  • strategies to prevent delirium that are appropriate for the person,
  • what it is like for a person to experience delirium,
  • signs of delirium and the importance of communicating with the health-care team if there are sudden changes or fluctuations in behaviour,
  • ways to communicate and reorient the person with delirium (e.g., using a clear, calm voice, short statements, reminding them where they are), and
  • the role and benefits of family presence and/or a companion/sitter.
Older Adults
Delirium, Dementia, and Depression in Older Adults: Assessment and Care
Client and Family Education