For Families & Patients

Palliative care supports people with a life-limiting illness and their families to live, die and grieve well.
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Confusion

Signs of confusion include difficulty thinking or speaking, poor awareness of what is going on, restlessness or agitation.

Confusion can be caused by a high temperature, new medicines, pain, and the effects of the disease.

Seek help from your doctor or palliative care team.

They will check for, and treat, any conditions that may be contributing to the confusion.

Confusion can clear up rapidly if the cause can be treated. It could be due to a full bladder or rectum, or an infection that can be treated. Sometimes confusion due to medication clears as the person’s body adapts.  Sometimes a change of medication is needed.