A useful resource for a third party safety assessment can be your local social services office. As a resource center, they can refer you to any appropriate local services that can help you find exactly what you are looking for.
Another excellent option is to have an occupational therapist visit you at home. An occupational therapist is trained to observe and assess your surroundings, provide advice about safety hazards and offer solutions to maximize your safety.
Once your safety needs have been identified, you should be able to locate the necessary supplies from alarm companies, manufacturers or distributors, a local housing provider, or through social service agencies.
There are many types of bed alarms. Depending on the manufacturer, some bed alarms are designed to notify the contacts of your choice automatically that the patient is having a seizure.
You may want an alarm that can alert people within your home that you have fallen or that you are having seizure activity. These alarms are great for those living with others. Other alarms may rely on GPS, cell phone service, or telecare services to help you get the help you need. These are useful if you live or travel alone.
Safety pillows are very helpful for those prone to seizure activity in their sleep. These pillows can help to improve airflow, even if the patient is lying on their stomach. Most sleep pillows designed for epilepsy include a mesh pillowcase that increases airflow during seizure activity to help prevent suffocation. Learn more about safety pillows in our blog, "Can a Breathable Pillow Help Prevent SUDEP?".
Head injury is a major concern for those who suffer from epilepsy. Helmets and protective headgear may be able to help prevent or reduce the severity of head injuries. Headgear are designed to reduce the force of impact received to the head and neck when a seizure occurs and to reduce injury from falls from a standing height.
Be sure to assess your needs, learn about your options and talk to experts who can help you get the aids or products you need. Take the steps needed to remain as safe and protected as possible during seizures.
If you are concerned about safety precautions for you or your loved ones in the home, download our tip sheet, "Safety in the Kitchen or Bath for Those Who Experience Seizures" to see how you can make simple changes and adaptations that may save a life.