Home Safety Tips for People With Epilepsy
The kinds of seizures you have, where you are when one happens, what you're doing, and who you're with all play into whether or not you'll be hurt. If your epilepsy is well-controlled, an accidental injury may not be a big concern for you. It's still possible and you need to be aware of it.
Home hazards include heights and heat as well as electricity. What can you do for your tiny corner of the globe to be a safe haven? Your doctor can refer a visiting nurse or physical therapist to look at your living situation and make specific recommendations for your type of epilepsy and your environment.
Take a look at these ideas while you wait.
The bathroom is a difficult place because it has many sharp edges.
It is important to remember the first rule of your house: "Do not lock the doors." A sign should be placed above the doorknob, which can be turned to indicate "occupied." If you experience a seizure in the toilet, you can have help quickly. Turn the door to swing outward. You can open it even if your head is against the wall.
A clear-running drain is better than baths. Water doesn't accumulate and could lead to drowning. You will be more stable on your feet if there are non-skid strips installed on the floor. A shower curtain is better than a door. It allows for easier accessibility to help if you need it. You can install safety bars or tub rails.
You may be prone to falling during seizures if you are able to get up from a chair, or on the ground.
Avoid burning yourself by keeping the water warm.
Flat irons and heated styling tools, such as flatirons, should be avoided. This is an excellent practice that everyone should follow: Before you use any electric razors, hair dryers, or other plug-in devices, make sure the tap is off.
Consider buying prepared meals or a food processor if you are living alone. Sharing a kitchen with someone you know will make it easier to use the knives and stove.
The chances of you getting burnt when cooking with a microwave are greatly reduced. A gas stove can be better than an electric one. Place food on the burners so that you are less likely to slip on the hot surface. Instead of moving cookware from the stove to the dining room, place plates and other dishes on the pans.
Rubber gloves are recommended for cleaning up after a spill.
An armrest-equipped chair could prevent you from falling. If you experience a seizure, or start having trouble breathing while eating, your family members should be able to perform the Heimlich maneuver.
Den and Living Room
Reduce clutter and leave plenty of space for falls. To prevent slippage and cushioning, wall-to-wall carpet works better than any area rug. Cork and linoleum are more flexible than wood and tile.
Make sure to anchor heavy TVs on a shelf or table. Make sure to bundle cables and cords and keep them away from the eye. Use corner protectors to protect furniture edges and cushion hard edges. Avoid putting glass and other small objects out in public.
Although a fireplace is cozy when it's cold, it still needs to be protected at all times. Safety covers are necessary for radiators.
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Avoid placing your bed in direct contact with a radiator or wall. You are more likely to fall from a futon/mattress on a platform or floor than you would be in a bed you need to climb into. Place pillows or cushions around the mattress.
You should limit the amount of pillows that you use to sleep.
If you are alone, a monitor can be placed in your room to notify anyone nearby.
For anyone staying in your home regularly, schedule "seizure” drills. This includes babysitters and extended families. Practice getting the person with epilepsy into a safe position, know when to call for help, and how and when to give any prescribed rescue medicines. You can teach young children to dial 911.
You should ensure that a friend or neighbor has the key so they can quickly get into your home to inspect you and offer assistance.