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Who is at risk of developing delirium?
Care professionals should always be aware that people in hospital or long-term care are at risk of delirium and that if someone develops delirium it can have serious health effects.
When you go to hospital or to a long-term care home you should be assessed to see if you are at risk of developing delirium. This is so that your care team can try to stop delirium developing.
You are at risk of delirium if you are 65 or older, already have difficulties with memory or understanding (known as cognitive impairment) or have dementia, have a broken hip, or are seriously ill.
Everyone in hospital or long-term care should be assessed regularly for any changes in these risk factors – for instance, if you become very ill.