Just wondering if anyone could share their thoughts on providing medical test results to a neurologically compromised elder. This neuro decline has been progressive and runs alongside serious physical deficits. Her anxiety, delusions, and hallucinations are serious, but no one will treat this until we complete a host of tests to assess possible causes. Medication has been discussed but no one will prescribe it until we do these tests to see what might show up. This lady is in a nursing home for the duration. She will never get out. Even when "well" she lacked the understanding of her medical tests and generally did not fully understand what the doctors told her. She recently had some testing done, and the results are not good. It's nothing that's putting her at death's door, but still... not good results and further testing is ordered before her confusion/anxiety will be treated. I feel that sharing details of her test results is not fair to her. There's nothing she can do about it and it's irreversible. She does not have the capacity to understand and I fear her symptoms will only be exacerbated when she starts trying to understand what I'm telling her and assimilate it. As an example of how confused she is right now, she cannot remember what body part she had testing on and it was only a few days ago (it was her brain that was tested). She remembers having the test, but does not remember what was tested. I can't see giving her info/results that she cannot process. So far, I have told her that additional information is needed as there were some questions from the recent test and she would be having more tests. The problem will be if/when a doctor decides to blurt it out but perhaps by then we will have some answers and will have addressed the severe anxiety? Does anyone have experience on telling vs. not telling test results to someone who might understand/remember "just enough" to be further stressed by it?