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Safety Concerns for a Senior at Home with Epilepsy

Senior Home Safety in Hernando Beach FL

Epilepsy can affect people at any time. When you’re talking about seniors who have been diagnosed with epilepsy, safety becomes an importantSenior-Home-Safety-Hernando-Beach-FL consideration, especially if they live at home alone.

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month and here are a few things to keep in mind to help maximize home safety for the senior.

1. Clutter can be extremely dangerous during a seizure.

If the elderly individual is walking down the hall and begins to experience an epileptic episode, he or she will likely collapse to the floor. If there is a lot of clutter, including small stands, bookshelves, boxes, or anything else lining up the hallway, they can pose serious problems for their safety.

If somebody is having a seizure and falls down, and if there is a lot of clutter throughout the house, that increase the risk of being seriously injured, either by striking their head against a hard surface, or flipping over a box or something else.

Make sure to encourage the senior to reduce as much clutter, including furniture items, as possible.

2. Encourage the senior to consider home care.

Even though the elderly individual may still be able to manage his own basic care for the most part, it’s a good idea to consider home care aides at this time. A professional and experienced home care aide can provide a number of benefits, including physical support in the event senior begins having a seizure.

It used to be that people were encouraged to restrain somebody while having a seizure, especially a Grand Mal, but that is different today. Basically somebody who may be in the vicinity when somebody is having a seizure should ensure that they are safe and can’t hurt themselves with other objects in the area.

Depending on the severity of the seizures and how frequent they are, a home care aide may be more practical for a few hours a day or even live in home care.

3. Minimize the need for going up and down stairs.

If there are stairs in the home, the senior should be encouraged to minimize the need to go up and down them. If they are constantly going up and down the stairs, they expose themselves to serious risks in the event they begin having a seizure while climbing or descending those steps.

When you pay attention to these safety tips, it can make a world of difference for the senior who has been diagnosed with epilepsy.

 

The staff at Acti-Kare Responsive In-Home Care is available to talk with you and your family about all of your needs. Acti-Kare Responsive In-Home Care provides quality and affordable home care services in Hernando Beach, FL and the surrounding areas. Call (352) 289-0450 for more information.

 

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TJ Hedick

TJ Hedick is the owner and director of "Acti-Kare Responsive In-Home Care" located on Florida's Nature coast. With a family lineage that stretches out over four generations here in Hernando County, TJ is extremely passionate about his local community with an emphasis on the senior population."I don't know, maybe it was the way I was raised, but I have so much admiration and respect for seniors in our community." Hedick said. Only leaving the area briefly to study business management and marketing Hedick later returned home to the business community. He added, "I always knew I would find a way to enrich peoples lives and that this would be my calling. I started to focus in on the senior community and decided that the people I would serve through my business endeavors would be the same senior community that taught me so much and instilled such great values in me throughout my youth." Hedick opened Acti-Kare as a way to give seniors the help and care they needed to remain independent and safe in their own homes as long as possible. Another cause close to his heart is the pursuit of a cure for Alzheimer's and dementia, and until there is a cure the proper care for those who suffer from this disease. "Dementia has affected my family and a very personal way." He continued. Through his company, Acti-Kare, and his personal efforts, Hedick looks forward to be major contributor for senior causes for years to come.