Living with Epilepsy

At CareMatch, we understand that epilepsy affects every sufferer differently, and the symptoms can present themselves in people of all ages. In some cases, epilepsy can inhibit sufferers from being able to carry out day to day activities such as certain sports, or driving a car, and this can also have an impact on their mental health. At CareMatch, we understand that living with epilepsy can massively affect a Care Receiver’s life and the lives of the people around them, and we strive to help our Care Receivers to live their lives as independently as possible, despite living with epilepsy. If the Care Receiver is a young person, we strive to encourage them to embrace life in whatever ways they can, and we know that they may need a little more patience with certain things. We understand that the help our Carer Members provide must be tailored specifically to a Care Receiver’s needs, and our carer Members are able to offer specialised help and support.

Many individuals with epilepsy can continue living at home and feel more comfortable doing so, because they’re not separated from family, friends and their familiar surroundings. Adapting to life with epilepsy can be challenging, particularly if it deteriorates over time and Care Receivers gradually lose the ability to do things for themselves. At CareMatch, safety is paramount, and our Carer Members are on hand to make sure that a Care Receiver's surroundings remain safe if they suffer a seizure.They are also there to help to keep seizures under control as much as possible, and reduce triggers such as stress and problems with sleep. It can be hugely beneficial to Care Receivers with epilepsy to have a familiar face around the house, who is there to provide reassurance and companionship as well as physical care, especially as they can be confused or experience memory loss immediately following a seizure. Our highly-skilled Carer Members can help with easing physical symptoms, and offer high quality care at home, including end of life care where necessary, so that the Care Receiver experiences the most comfortable care journey possible.

If you are the regular caregiver for someone with epilepsy, we understand that it is easy to feel stressed, overwhelmed and alone. At CareMatch, our team of experienced Carer Members are on hand to offer help and support, so that you don’t feel you are caring for someone by yourself, and the Care Receiver can have the best care journey possible.

What does epilepsy care include?

It totally depends on a client’s symptoms. These are some of the things that our highly experienced Carer Members can help with.

  • Help with administering medication if necessary
  • Low-support medical care
  • Personal care, such as help with getting dressed, going to the toilet, having a bath or eating a meal if necessary
  • Mobility support and physical assistance
  • Mental support - Living with epilepsy can take its toll on a Care Receiver’s mental health, especially if their condition deteriorates or they experience memory loss or confusion following a seizure
  • Help with household tasks, such as the laundry, cooking meals or walking the dog
  • Running essential errands, for example collecting your medication or doing a food shop
  • Companionship - Sometimes the smallest things make the biggest difference. It's important for Care Receivers with neurological conditions to have a friendly face around the house who is there for a cup of tea and a chat as well as to offer more physical support
  • Overnight Care - If Care Receivers with epilepsy wake up or have a seizure in the night, they can be very confused and anxious when they do and unable to get out of bed on their own. Our Carer Members are on hand to offer help and reassurance during the night to ensure a Care Receiver’s safety and alleviate any anxieties or discomfort
  • Respite Care - If you are a Care Receiver’s regular care giver, and you need some extra support or some time off, our team of Carer Members can step in and help and give you the peace of mind knowing that your Care Receiver is receiving the high quality of care they are used to

Our specialist Carer Members have the necessary training and experience in working with Care Receivers with epilepsy to ensure a high-quality care service that is tailored to them and their needs specifically. At CareMatch, we know that every moment counts, and we strive to enable our Care Receivers to live as independently as possible, at home for as long as they can.

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