Epilepsy is a condition that affects the brain and it means those living with the condition have a tendency to have epileptic seizures. There are over 600,000 people in the UK with the condition. Defined as the tendency to have recurrent seizures, there are about 40 different types and it is most commonly diagnosed in children and people over 65.
Telecare and epilepsy
There are a range of telecare sensors that when connected to the Lifeline base unit can help to manage risks within the home and provide a means to call for immediate assistance if required. These sensors eliminate the need for carers to make physical checks, promoting independence and dignity.
Epilepsy sensors are used to monitor people with epilepsy while they sleep. The patented sensor technology detects a person’s movement in bed and is able to differentiate normal movements from epileptic seizures. An alarm can be raised using a Lifeline home unit to the contact centre or carer.
The fall detector is worn on a cord around your neck or wrist and automatically trigger an alert to our monitoring centre if they detect you’ve fallen over. These detectors are lightweight and discreet and are ideal for providing additional reassurance for those people living with epilepsy and their carers.
I’ve regained my freedom and privacy and my parents can sleep at night now too
Gina is 16 and lives with her parents. She recently began to experience frequent epileptic seizures and was diagnosed with the condition. Medication was prescribed but it was explained that this may take some time to take effect.
Gina’s parents were concerned that she might suffer a epileptic seizure at night-time and they would not be aware, so they decided to take it in turns to sleep on the floor next to her bed. Gina felt this was intruding on her privacy. An sensor was fitted to Gina’s bed and would provide an alert to her parents.