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Take Seizure Precautions by Using Bed Alarms and Seizure Aids

Posted by RSC Diagnostics on Dec 5, 2019

Beautiful brunette sleeping in her bed at home in the bedroom

Evaluate Your Personal Safety Needs

People with epilepsy have a range of safety concerns and their needs vary widely from person to person. Those whose seizures are well controlled with medication may have fewer safety concerns than those whose seizures are poorly controlled.

Patients whose seizures are not yet well controlled may be concerned about falls, particularly during routine activities in the kitchen and bathroom where caution must be used. Those patients desire ways to protect themselves from injury during a seizure and alert caregivers to their situation. There are a number of seizure precautions and safety aids that can provide protection while asleep or during the day.

It is wise to ask friends and family for their input after determining what you think are your major safety risks. You may consider using third party services to help you get a more accurate picture of your individual safety needs.

Get a Third Party Safety Assessment

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.

Safety Alarms

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

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?".

Safety Helmets

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.

 

Source:

Alarms and safety aids. (n.d.). Retrieved November 3, 2015, from http://www.epilepsysociety.org.uk/alarms-and-safety-aids#.VjkTJCswjIV

An Overview and Review of the Sleep-Safe Pillow. (2014, January 30). Retrieved November 3, 2015, from http://www.bcepilepsy.com/blog/an-overview-and-review-of-the-sleepsafe-pillow.aspx

Seizure Monitors and Alarms. (n.d.). Retrieved November 3, 2015, from http://epilepsyontario.org/living-with-epilepsy/safety-products/seizure-monitors-and-alarms/

http://www.slideshare.net/betrayer1990/occupational-therapy-for-epilepsy-an-overview

 

 

Topics: Seizure Management