Epilepsy is a common condition that affects the brain and causes frequent seizures. Seizures are bursts of electrical activity in the brain that temporarily affect how it works. They can cause a wide range of symptoms. Epilepsy can start at any age, but usually starts either in childhood or in people over 60.
Seizures can affect people in different ways, depending on which part of the brain is involved.
Possible symptoms include:
- uncontrollable jerking and shaking, called a “fit”
- losing awareness and staring blankly into space
- becoming stiff
- strange sensations, such as a “rising” feeling in the tummy, unusual smells or tastes, and a tingling feeling in your arms or legs
- Sometimes you might pass out and not remember what happened.
As with any medical condition it affects everyone in different ways. It can impact on personal relationships, family life, education and employment.
If you have been diagnosed with epilepsy, you may need some time to adjust, come to terms with it. Beaumont healthcare will work closely with you, support you in your own home, with you in control. We have a robust recruitment process in place, as the service is Nurse led and we fully appreciate the importance of safe and effective staffing. Clients and families are invited to be fully involved in the selection process to establish consistent, reliable and dedicated team.