Epilepsy case study
- Epilepsy is a neurological condition which affects the brain.
- It is estimated that 600,000 people in the UK have a diagnosis of epilepsy. Half of sufferers experience seizures as a result of their diagnosis.
- There are over 40 different types of seizure.
- A seizure can occur unannounced, at any time.
There are a range of Assistive Technologies available on the HomeCall Telecare Service, which can be tailored to meet specific customer needs.
Working with our customers and their families, we discuss the issues being faced and decide upon the best package for the individual. In many cases of epilepsy, this involves the placement of a bed absence sensor under the mattress, which tends to be the most effective approach.
The sensor detects a seizure and raises an alarm with our 24/7 contact centre, who are then able to alert the family (usually to a mobile phone which is kept nearby at all times). With the family alerted to the seizure, they are able to provide comfort and ensure the seizure runs its course without incident.
A single mother of a six year old boy with epilepsy was concerned that she wouldn’t hear her son suffer a seizure during the night. The only solution seemed to be the child sleeping in bed with his mother so she would be able to care for him should a seizure occur.
A local GP referred the family to HomeCall. We installed a bed absence sensor which would raise an alarm if the child suffered a seizure. In this example, an alarm notification is sent to the mother’s mobile phone, which is kept at her bedside throughout the night.
With this sensor and alert system in place, the child is able to maintain his own independence, in his own bed. As of 2014 the family have been with the service for seven years.