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Some hospice patients become restless and even agitated (upset, tense) during a serious illness. Learn what to look for and how to help.
Some people become restless and even agitated (upset, tense) during a serious illness. These feelings could have a physical cause or be related to knowing you have a terminal illness. We may not be able to make these feelings go away, but we can help you manage better, with or without using medicine.
Restlessness and agitation may become more intense in the last days of life, which may cause you to:
Suggestions for family/caregivers:
Treat your loved one with respect and patience.
Provide a calm, relaxed setting for your loved one.
Talk in a calm voice. When giving care, softly explain what you are doing.
Help them change positions (such as sitting to lying down).
Change their setting, if possible; help them move to another room, or open a window.
Place pillows against the bedside rails for safety.
Make sure someone is always with them; ask family and friends to help.
Let your Agrace team know if you feel restless. We will look for causes, such as pain, trouble with your bowels, trouble breathing, medication side effects, low blood sugar, personal concerns or fear. We will work with you to treat and manage these feelings. We may suggest medication or talking through your fears and concerns.