Delirium and Dementia
Many older people living in residential care have significant cognitive impairment. Differentiating between dementia and delirium can be difficult, but a correct diagnosis is essential to determining the appropriate treatment pathway. An incorrect assessment can result in plans of care that are detrimental to both the patient, those caring for them and the relatives of the patient. As such, it is imperative that nurses identify the onset of change and document clinical observations accurately to ensure that appropriate and timely interventions can and do occur. In this chapter, you will discover how to identify cognitive deficits and to manage the resulting symptoms using the nursing process.
- Differentiation between delirium and dementia
- Nursing assessment
- Managing care