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OUR MISSION

"The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives."

 

CAREGIVERS, THE ULTIMATE CHAMPIONS

Adult Caregiver

Caregivers are the unsung heroes in the daily battle against seizures. From helping with daily tasks to ensuring the safety of a loved one, caregivers are critical to the well-being of a friend or family member with epilepsy.

It's no easy job, and luckily, there are resources to support you along the way.

How Can You Help

The responsibilities of a caregiver vary depending upon the needs of the person with epilepsy. It's important to have an open and honest conversation with your loved one to determine how you can help.

  • Keeping them safe during a seizure
  • In rare cases, calling for medical help when a partial-onset seizure continues for a prolonged period of time.
  • Staying with them or seeing them home safely after a seizure
  • Noting any pattern or trigger to their seizures, which may help if they don't recall their seizures
  • Reminding and helping with taking epilepsy medicine.
  • Going with them to appointments, helping to take notes, or providing descriptions of seizures (recording what happens before, during, and after a seizure) to the person with epilepsy and/or their healthcare provider.
  • Acting as a representative or advocate for the person, with their healthcare provider or others involved in their care.
  • Joining them in activities that might pose a safety risk if they were to have a seizure.
  • Providing transporation, if necessary
  • Helping to create a safe environment

Remember to always talk with your loved one's healthcare provider about any questions you may have.

Article from the XCOPRI website