Epilepsy Sensor

There are different types of sensors that pick up different types of seizures. There are wrist worn ones and bed sensors. Both types will alert someone if the person has a seizure. Some are supported by pagers or Lifeline phones and some are supported by mobile apps.

Seizures can represent a risk to a person’s health if unattended or unmonitored and can therefore affect a person’s independence, especially if their condition is not controlled by medication or is unpredictable.

One solution is the introduction of Epilepsy sensors. These are different types of sensors that detect some types of seizures. Some are designed to be worn on the wrist, while others are placed under the mattress on the bed.  Both types can alert a third party if a seizure is detected, reducing the need for someone to be physically present at all times while keeping the individual safe.

Note that Epilepsy sensors do not monitor the seizures themselves. They monitor movement (rapid repetitive movement, breathing and heart rate) and noise (pre seizure shouting or clicking). Some are supported by pagers or Lifeline phones and some are supported by mobile apps on a smart phone. If you have an existing monitoring system within the home, you will need to find out if your chosen epilepsy sensor is compatible with your system. If not you will need to carry an additional device to be alerted.

Epilepsy isn’t always an easy condition to monitor and setting up epilepsy monitoring solutions can take time. It requires patience and initial trial and error until the settings are suitable for the individual. Sometimes it isn’t possible to get to a point where a given solution can be made to work for an individual case. However, when they do meet the individual’s needs, they can offer reassurance for the person and the people who are supporting them.

It is not advisable to consider changing a person’s existing night time support until you are confident that the sensor is working and suits the person’s needs.

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