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Some people become restless and agitated (upset, tense) during a serious illness or near the end of life. Learn what to look for and how to help.
Some people become restless and even agitated (upset, tense) during a serious illness. These feelings of agitation could have a physical cause or be related to knowing you have a life-altering or life-limiting 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 a person to:
Treat your restless or agitated loved one with respect and patience.
Provide a calm, relaxed setting for your loved one. If possible, open a window or change their view by helping them move to another room.
Talk in a calm voice. When giving care or touching them, softly explain what you are doing.
Help them change positions (such as sitting to lying down).
Place pillows against the bedside rails for safety.
Make sure someone is always with them; ask family and friends to help.
Let your doctor or hospice team know if you feel restless. They will look for causes, such as pain, trouble with your bowels, trouble breathing, medication side effects, low blood sugar, personal concerns or fear.
Your health care providers and hospice team will work with you to treat and manage these feelings. We may suggest medication or talking through your fears and concerns.
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