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29 Mar 21

Tips to living safely with Epilepsy

Sally Withers | Healthcare Tips , Latest Industry News

Many people with epilepsy and their loved ones worry how having seizures will affect their daily life. However, with the correct safety measures in place whilst at home and out and about, epileptic sufferers can continue to live an enjoyable and safe life. 

  

What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is disease of the brain with the tendency to have impulsive and recurring seizures.  According to Epilepsy Action Australia, Epilepsy can sometimes be caused by head trauma, stroke, infectious disease of the brain, or abnormalities of the brain from birth. Genetics also play a role in some people. 

 

Should a person with Epilepsy live alone? 

Living alone may or may not be a lifestyle choice. Many people who live alone enjoy their independence, which is important in maintaining self-esteem and taking control over your own life and choices. 

A common concern for people experiencing seizures who living alone is; what if I experience a seizure and I’m hurt, and nobody knows?  

With the correct safety plan and measures in place there is no reason why a person with epilepsy cannot live alone. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, one out of five people living with epilepsy lives alone. This is encouraging news for people who want to live independently. Even if there is a risk of seizure, you can build a daily routine on your terms. 

 

Tips for safety measures for Epileptics 

Assistive technologies like personal alarms enable people living with Epilepsy to be an active participant in the community and communicate with other people, process information and complete daily tasks. 

It is important that if you feel unwell or can feel a seizure coming on that you are able to get the right help, fast! 

Personal Alarms with 24/7 monitoring allow an individual and their loved one’s reassurance that should an epilepsy sufferer need emergency assistance that they are able to get it. There are many personal alarms on the market, however it is crucial that you research what alarm is best for you before deciding to purchase one. There are many monitored and un-monitored personal alarms out there and your decision can cause both yourself and your loved one unnecessary stress and concern. 

 

MePACS 24/7 alarm service for Epilepsy 

MePACS personal alarms we have trained professionals taking your calls for help 24/7 anytime day or night. Because we have your personal contacts and medical history on file, we are able to contact the right help for you FAST, this could be contacting a neighbour or family member to check on you or calling triple 000.   

At MePACS we have a range of personal safety alarms tailored for different individuals, from our home alarms to our mobile alarms that have automatic fall detection in, allowing you and your family peace of mind that should you need help MePACS are there 24/7. 

mepacs home and mobile unit

MePACS home and mobile personal alarm units. The home pendants can be worn either on the wrist or on a neck chain.

 

Modify your home 

There are several steps you can take to make sure your home is safe and secure should you or your loved one experience a seizure. 

  1. Place cushioning padding on sharp corners, like those on living room tables and bench tops. 
  2. Sleep on a low-lying bed.  
  3. Avoid placing bedside tables in your bedroom. 
  4. Avoid having glass tables inside your home. 
  5. Avoid having slippery floor services within the home and rather use non-slip carpet. 
  6. Avoid throw rugs and cushions that may potentially be a suffocation hazard. 
  7. Wear a fall detector personal alarm pendant  

 

Know your triggers, help prevent epileptic seizures 

Until more research is known about the causes of epilepsy and how it can be prevented, there are certain triggers that one can avoid to help prevent seizures occurring.  

 

  • Here are some helpful tips that may help reduce your risk of having an Epilepsy seizure. 
  • Get plenty of rest and sleep. 
  • Recognise stress and learn about relaxation techniques. 
  • Avoid drugs and alcohol. 
  • Take all of your prescribed medications. 
  • Avoid bright and flashing lights. 
  • Reduce the amount of screen time. 
  • Eat a healthy diet and avoid caffeine and energy drinks. 

 

MePACS is a registered NDIS Provider for Epilepsy 

MePACS are an approved & registered NDIS provider, our alarms and alarm accessories can be funded through the category of Capital Support and Assistive Technology of your NDIS Plan. 

If you already have an NDIS care plan or you’re looking to use your NDIS funding please visit: mepacs.com.au/ndis. 

MePACS personal alarm is ideal for people living with disabilities or chronic health conditions who want to feel independent and safe both in their home and out and about. For more information, call our team on 1800 685 329 or visit www.mepacs.com.au/NDIS