Communicate with people you are around most so they know what to do

Let your friends know exactly what they would need to do if you do have a fit, helps everyone feel calmer and know what is required of them when, you do have a fit.

Electric razor

Use an electric razor to avoid cuts.

Outside access

Make sure the bathroom lock can be opened from the outside.

Fantastic plastic

Use plastic containers in the bathroom instead of glass.

Shower curtains

Shower curtains are less harmful to fall against and easier for other people to access if the person you are supporting has a seizure.

No soap tray

Ensure there is not a soap tray or other small ledges sticking out in the shower area.

Shower safe

A shower is safer to use than a bath since there is less risk of drowning, fewer edges to fall against and it is easier to get in and out of. A level-access shower offers the least risk.

Cold first

Always fill the bath with cold water first, then add hot.

Less of the flannel

When taking a shower avoid taking anything in with you that might block the drain-hole in the event that you have a seizure.

Sound monitor

A sound monitor in the bathroom can ensure privacy yet still allow carers to hear if you need assistance.

 

Towels

Place a few thick towels along the edge of the bath when the bath is not in use. This will reduce the risk of injury if the person falls onto the edge of the bath.

Bean bags

Place two large waterproof beanbags in the bath when not in use. This will reduce the risk if the person falls into the bath when in the bathroom. Bean bags are available from a range of shops including Tesco and Matalan.

Cover that pond

Ensure ponds are covered with mesh or other protective coverings.

Grass or wood

Lawn, bark or wooden decking is safer than paving or gravel.

Night time seizures

A wrist rattle will alert you to night-time seizures if your child has epilepsy. For bigger children you can make your own by attaching bells to a hair band. There are obviously more sophisticated alarms out there, but this is a simple solution while you are waiting for assessments.

Avoid bed-side tables

Keep furniture away from the side of the bed (especially bed-side tables).

Low-level bed

A low-level bed, a futon or a three-in-one bed can reduce the risk for someone prone to falling out of bed.

Touch-close handles

Replace kitchen cupboard handles with touch-close mechanisms so there is nothing protruding for people to fall against.

Food processors

Encourage the person you are supporting to use food processors and choppers instead of knives.

Use a trolley

Encourage the person you are supporting to use a trolley to transport food from the kitchen to the eating area.

Cooker guard

Fit a cooker guard around the front of the hob so that rings or burners are harder to touch by accident. Ikea sells one.

On the side

Encourage the person you are supporting to use the back rings or burners rather than the front.

Saucepan handles

Turn saucepan handles to the side to avoid knocking pans off the cooker.

Door hinges

Make a door swing out of a room instead into the room, especially the bathroom, by changing the hinges. You don't want to be hitting the person you care for with the door in the event of them having a seizure.

Soft floor

You can get multi-purpose, interlocking jigsaw floor mats made from soft-closed cell EVA foam and rubber. Low-cost, low-maintenance and safer for falls. www.softfloor.co.uk

Thick carpet

A thicker carpet can decrease the incidence of hip fractures or other serious injuries from falling.

Radiator guards

You can buy radiator guards in a wide range of varieties. The most common and easiest to find and fit are wooden and available in DIY stores. You can also get radiator guards made of padded material which protect against the heat and any sharp edges.

Wall padding

If someone you are supporting with epilepsy tends to fall in the same place you can use wall padding in that area. You can get it from a number of suppliers.

Doors

Ideally, doors should open in both directions. Sliding doors, concertina door or doors that open outwards are a good compromise.

Safety glass/film

Ensure all glass in tables, doors, windows is safety glass. If it is not possible to replace glass, you can buy safety glass film in DIY shops or Mothercare.

Corner cushions

Corner cushions/protectors on the corners of radiators, furniture etc can protect people if they fall. You can buy these at Boots, Mothercare, Argos and large DIY stores.

Seizure tracker

iTunes store has a free app for tracking and recording seizure activity. www.SeizureTracker.com helps manage epilepsy and store a record of seizures in a library, which you can edit at any time to add additional information, such as triggers, seizure description and what happened afterwards.

Mobile tracking

For more independence for the person with seizures, you can download epdetect to both your mobile phones, and should a seizure occur when you are apart you (the carer) will be alerted as to where the person is and can assist them more quickly.

Monitors

I bought a cheap digital video monitor for my daughter from www.easylinkuk.co.uk. It works really well and doesn't interfere with her epilepsy monitor.

Travelling abroad

Epilepsy Action provides information leaflets in other languages. Useful if you are travelling abroad: (freephone) 0808 800 5050.

Reach for the shades

A pair of polarised/UVA/UVB sunglasses can really help with indoor/outdoor photosensitivity. They may help seizures triggered by light, TV, candles, cameras and fluorescent lights.

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These tips have been contributed by members of our online community. We hope they will give you some ideas to try, but if you need further help why not post a question to the community or talk to one of our community advisors. If you have any concerns about your health or the wellbeing of someone you are caring for, please consult a doctor or qualified professional.