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  • Hospital stays can affect your mind and your mood.
  • Feeling confused or very sad may be symptoms of other health issues.
  • Common problems seen in older people during a hospital stay include delirium, dementia and depression.
  • Feeling unwell, having an infection and being in pain can all affect your mood and your ability to think and concentrate (your mental state).
  • Sticking to your normal routine as much as possible and feeling comfortable in your surroundings can improve your mental state.
  • Tell hospital staff if you feel confused or ‘can’t think clearly’, or if you are feeling low or depressed.
  • As a carer or family member of someone in hospital, tell hospital staff if you notice a sudden change in the person’s mental state.

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Reviewed on: 01-03-2022