Living independently with epilepsy
Epilepsy and living alone
However, 30% of people with epilepsy will continue to have seizures. For these people, it is especially important that they organise their life and their environment in such a way that it is safe for them to live independently.
Unfortunately, there are no specific precautionary measures that can prevent a SUDEP. The risk can only be reduced by minimising the number of seizures. Besides regular check-ups with your doctor, taking your medication correctly, and avoiding situations which could trigger a seizure, a seizure detection system is therefore recommended. An early warning system is essential in the event of nocturnal seizures. An alarm without adequate assistance will not reduce the risk of a SUDEP. An early warning system will detect a seizure at an early stage so that appropriate assistance can be provided quickly. This will increase your sense of security and confidence if you live independently.
NightWatch: safe and effective seizure detection system
NightWatch is a system that can detect the most dangerous epileptic seizures and remotely call for assistance. The system consists of comfortable, wireless armband which monitors your heart rate and movements while you are in bed. If the system detects a potentially severe epileptic seizure, it will alert the nominated responders. This is done via a corresponding GSM pager system. NightWatch allows you to enter the phone numbers of 1-5 nominated responders.
More confidence and insight
The system alerts the nominated responders remotely so that they can attend immediately. The module also has an emergency button, which you can press if you need immediate assistance. NightWatch reduces stress and helps you feel safe and confident. It offers people living independently more privacy and responders more peace of mind. The data can also be read out via an online portal, giving you a better indication of how the night was. Furthermore, the data can be shared with the neurologist, enabling them to advise appropriately.