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Confusion is not thinking clearly. A confused person is less aware of their surroundings and may be uncertain about the day and time, where they are and who is with them.


What are some signs and symptoms of confusion?

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  • Reversed sleep and awake cycles
  • Uncertainty that gets worse late in the day or at night
  •  Mood swings over the course of a day
  • Trouble with focusing attention or shifting attention
  • Seeing, hearing or feeling things that are not there
  • Being unable to relax and quick to get annoyed
  • Feeling more sleepy than normal and lacking energy

What can help you reduce or cope with confusion?

Confusion is common at the end of life, and it has many causes. Your Agrace team will try to find out what is causing the confusion, and they will discuss treatment options with you.

Use the arrows to scroll through a few things caregivers can do to help a person who is confused:


When should you contact to your care team?

Call your Agrace team anytime you have questions or concerns about confusion. Contact Agrace right away if there is a sudden change in a hospice patient’s confusion.


Caregiver Support

If you need help urgently, please call. Otherwise, email us directly at caregiversupport@agrace.org, or send your questions through our online contact form.

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More Care Tips for Families

For more expert advice from Agrace, visit Agrace.org/CareTips.