Care recipient (cr) sees people no one else sees and reports seeing inanimate objects moving by themselves or floating in space

Try: #hallucinations occur when the cr sees hears smells tastes or feels something that is not there delusions are false beliefs that the cr cannot be talked out of #sometimes hallucinations and delusions are signs of physical illness even infection although they are often thought of in relation to mental illness and dementia contact the cr’s doctor if the cr reveals sudden unusual new or disturbing hallucinations or delusions #there is no point in arguing with the cr about what he or she sees or hears respond to the feels being expressed by the cr about the hallucinations or delusions and provide reassurance and comfort if necessary #if the cr is distressed try another topic or activity moving to another room or going outside for a walk may help #turn off the television when violent or disturbing programs are on as they may be particularly stressful to crs who are hallucinating or delusional #many hallucinations and delusions are unusual without being terribly distressing or dangerous for the cr however if the cr threatens harm to self or others or if behavior puts the cr or others in danger call the cr’s doctor and contact a suicide hotline emergency room or police department immediately alert emergency personnel to the cr’s medical conditions

Materials: Consultation with physician

Categories: Cognitive Intellectual, Emotional Psychological, Cognitive Awareness, Fully Aware, Somewhat Aware

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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