8 Steps to a Safer Home With Epilepsy

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8 Steps to a Safer Home With Epilepsy

By Shayli Lones Published at August 15, 2017 Views 2,420

Seizures happen most frequently at home and it’s important to make sure your living arrangements are epilepsy safe. Since you can’t plan when you may have a seizure, each room in your home should have certain features in place to keep you safe. Having a seizure at home can put you at risk for:

  • Head injuries
  • Cuts and scrapes
  • Bruises
  • Burns
  • Drowning
  • Broken bones

What may seem like a simple activity, like taking a bath or doing the dishes, can be dangerous for someone with epilepsy — especially if you live alone. But you don’t have to give up your independence because you have epilepsy; there are many ways you can make your home safer in case of a seizure.

8 Steps to a Safer Home

1- Replace tile with wall-to-wall carpeting. Falling onto hard tile can cause head injuries and even broken bones. By replacing tile with soft carpet you can help minimize injuries that could occur if you fell during a seizure. Place a soft rug at the bottom of stairs inside and out, in case of a fall.

2- Clean up clutter and cover sharp corners with padding. A clutter-free home will help prevent falling onto objects that may cut or bruise you. Keep hallways and stairs clean at all times. If there are sharp corners on furniture or countertops, try covering them with a soft padding to prevent injuring yourself during a fall.

3- Invest in a medical alert system in case you hurt yourself during a fall. If you are alone and are injured during a fall, a medical alert system can help you call for assistance.

4- Use plastic dishware. Glass dishes can break and cause injury if you fall while carrying them. Replace your glassware with plastic that won’t break if dropped.

5- Have doors that open outward or slide. Doors that open outward make it easier for someone to get into a room to help you, and prevent your body from blocking the entrance.

6- Place guards in front of space heaters and fireplaces. If you have an open fire or space heater, make sure there is a grate or guard in front of it to prevent burns if you get too close.

7- Hang a vacant/occupied sign on the bathroom door instead of locking it. A locked door could delay help if you have a seizure and need assistance. By using a sign on the outside of the door, help can reach you easily in an emergency.

8- Keep a chair with arms in the shower. If bathing, keep the water shallow and turn off the tap before you get in.

Being aware of your risks is the first step in creating a safe home environment. Speak with your doctor to learn more about what other home improvements will help keep you safe.

To learn more about living with epilepsy:

Could an Epilepsy Diet Help You?
Chronic Communication at Home: Helping Kids Answer the "What's Wrong with Your Mom/Dad" Question
What We Learn from Living with a Medical Diagnosis

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