Q. My 80-year-old mom was recently hospitalized and has been very confused since she was released. Is this normal?
Yes, this is a common occurrence, especially since people are discharged from the hospital sooner than in the past. Hospitalization of seniors may cause temporary memory loss, along with difficulty understanding discharge instructions. She will probably return to normal within a month. You should contact her doctor if you don’t see an improvement.
As you have witnessed, seniors may need extra support from health workers and family immediately after they're released from the hospital.