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  1. Flanagan, Nina M. PhD, GNP-BC
  2. Spencer, Gale PhD, RN


Delirium is a common, serious, and potentially life-threatening syndrome affecting older adults. Older adults experiencing delirium have poorer outcomes, higher mortality, and higher health care costs. The purpose of this article is to describe the symptoms of delirium being observed in older adults admitted for rehabilitation to a rehabilitation hospital or skilled nursing center. The Confusion Assessment Method and the Confusion Assessment Method-Family Assessment Method were used to identify delirium and document family observations. The article discusses implications for the rehabilitation team.