November is Epilepsy Awareness Month and when anyone – senior or otherwise – has been diagnosed and is dealing with epileptic conditions, it can pose a serious safety issue. When it’s a senior dealing with this condition, it’s important to understand the various risk factors involved in an episode and especially when they are at home alone.

What happens if a senior has an epileptic episode?

That all depends on the severity of the condition. If they have what is commonly referred to as a ‘petit mal’ epileptic condition (literally translated ‘little bad,’ from French) and they are sitting down in recliner, for example, odds are it may appear to somebody observing as though they just “spaced out.” It can be incredibly exhausting and that senior may need to take a nap for several hours, even though it may not have looked like the depictions in poorly done movies or television programs.

If the senior suffers what is commonly referred to as a ‘grand mal’ (lit. ‘big bad’) epileptic condition, their body could convulse, they could bite their tongue, they could drool excessively, lose control of their bladder or bowels, and it can be quite frightening. While this article is not designed to provide information about what to do for individuals during these severe epileptic episodes, the main thing is to ensure they are safe if you happen to be present during one of these episodes.

What about when the senior is alone?

That can be an incredibly difficult situation because how would you even know they had an episode? Some people can wear monitoring devices or other electronic technologies that alert emergency services to a particular situation, but what if the elderly person doesn’t have the wherewithal or capacity to simply press a button?

One of the best ways to help keep seniors safer at home when they’re dealing with epilepsy is through direct physical support and intervention. A home care aide or even a live-in caregiver could be a wonderful asset for those seniors who have been diagnosed with epilepsy and have a greater risk of suffering injuries or other emergency situations during such moments.

It’s easy to dismiss home care because of cost, but it is the most cost-effective option available to elderly and disabled men and women across the country. If an aging senior has been diagnosed with epilepsy, even though it may have been a minor situation to start, it can become progressively more severe, creating a major safety issue for them at home.

Home care is one of the best resources to help aging men and women stay safe, whether they have been diagnosed with epilepsy or something else.

When you are in need of care for a senior loved one, consider caregivers provided by Golden Heart Senior Care. We have offices nationwide. For more information, call us today at (800) 601-2792.