Reflective accounts

Agitation and care

A CPD article furthered Borislava Peseva’s understanding of the needs of older people experiencing agitation

A CPD article furthered Borislava Peseva’s understanding of the needs of older people experiencing agitation.

Abstract

In my practice I care for older and fragile people, who often experience agitation, delirium and dementia. Agitation can be challenging for staff as well as for the person being cared for and their relatives.

If an individual exhibits agitation, this may indicate that their needs are not being met and that they are experiencing distress. Older people may exhibit agitation if they have delirium, dementia or depression. Assessment is important to find the cause of agitation. Agitation may also be associated with conditions such as urinary tract infection or chest infection. Assessment is a continual process, and the person should be monitored for signs of distress.

Effective treatment, therapies, and communication can help with managing agitation. The environment and the surroundings are also important factors.

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This reflective account is based on NS786 Pritchard JC, Brighty A (2015) Caring for older people experiencing agitation. Nursing Standard. 29, 30, 49-58.

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