The home is a safe haven for most people, a place to feel secure and protected. However, for people who suffer from seizures the home can be a hiding place for potential dangers.
The home is the most common place for a seizure to occur. Tasks such as mowing the lawn or changing a light bulb can quickly become hazardous to a person who has a seizure. If you or someone you love has seizures, you don’t have to think of the home as a place that harbors danger. Being aware of the dangers and making simple modifications to your home can turn your home back into the safe haven it should be.
Sinks, glass shower doors, mirrors and hard floors are all commonplace in a bathroom. These features can be risky for someone who has a seizure. Balancing privacy and safety in a bathroom can be tricky. To reduce the risk of injury, consider the following tips:
- Install a shower seat and nonskid strips to minimize the potential of falling.
- Install grab bars or tub rails for added security.
- Replace your shower door with a curtain or shatterproof glass.
- Make sure the bathroom door opens outward as opposed to inward to allow access into the bathroom in case of a fall.
Around the living room
Falling is the number one risk associated with a seizure. Many falls result in bumps or bruises but some can be much worse. The living room is home to many dangers after a fall including sharp corners on tables and hard floors. These simple modifications can reduce the risk of greater injury in the living room:
- Install cushioned floor covers or thick carpet pads to soften falls.
- Choose round furniture that don’t have sharp corners and avoid glass tops when at all possible.
- Place breakable, decorative items on high shelves.
- Place a screen in front of the fireplace.
In the kitchen
Hot burners, sharp knives and electrical appliances can all be dangerous to a person who has a seizure. Modifying the kitchen to allow for extra precautions is key to keeping the kitchen safe for someone who suffers seizures. The following modifications can greatly reduce risks in the kitchen:
- Replace a gas stove with an electric to eliminate any open flames and only cook on the back burners when possible.
- Keep knives in a slotted knife drawer.
- Use automatic shutoff appliances.
- Serve food on shatterproof dishes to reduce the risk of shards.
Scioto understands the complexities of home modifications and builds each home with safety as our top priority. As the nation’s leader in disability housing, our team is comprised of experienced builders and designers capable of modifying a home specific to your needs. Read our article, “What You Need to Know About Modifying a Home to be More Accessible,” for more tips on how to modify a home for safety and security.