Epilepsy

We provide care and support for people with epilepsy and other complex conditions.

Epilepsy is a condition that affects the brain. People with epilepsy can experience frequent seizures of varying type and severity, some of which cannot be controlled with medication. Epilepsy can affect people in different ways and everyone’s experience of living with the condition is different.
 

How can we support?

At Active Care Group, we provide a round-the-clock safe environment for people living with epilepsy, offering only the highest quality specialist care. Epilepsy can present some unique challenges, but we help those that we support to live as independently as possible.

Support is tailored to the needs of each individual and can range from minimal support to 24/7 provision within a person’s home. Our teams receive extensive training to enable them to provide effective and responsive support to someone with epilepsy, either in their own home or out in their local community.

We work closely with other health professionals involved in our client’s care.

The Clinical Nurse provides us with information that is used to inform our care and is built into an individual’s personalised care plan.

We provide full training in the administration of all medicines and additional specialist training in the administration of emergency medications, such as Buccal Midazolam and the use of a Vagal Nerve Stimulator magnet, if required.

Charlie’s story

“Since Charlie has come to live here, he has really come out of his shell. He is very cheeky and loves to play tricks on staff – the service just wouldn’t be the same without him.”

Charlie has a diagnosis of Moderate Learning Disabilities, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Refractory epilepsy, meaning he is resistant to anti-epilepsy medication. Prior to moving into one of Active Care Group’s supported living services, Charlie was living in another health and social care setting, as his Grandmother who was also his primary care taker, had been taken ill.

Despite being on an anti-epilepsy medication regime and having a vagal nerve simulator in situ, Charlie was experiencing on average 25 prolonged, unstable and uncontrolled seizures each month. Through continued collaboration with his Neurologist, Epilepsy Nurses and the in-house Clinical Team, Charlie’s support staff were able to successfully facilitate a decrease in his monthly seizures, bringing them down to an average of seven seizures a month.

Though Charlie still experiences seizures, these are no longer considered unstable or uncontrolled which enables him to visit the cinema and local restaurants, which he enjoys.

As Charlie says, “this is my new home”. Where he is surrounded by his friends living within the service, and a support team who always have his best interests at heart.

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Staff interview,
CQC Report

People’s independence was promoted by the service and skills training and supporting independent living had been the driving ethos of the service. Staff worked alongside people to help them to achieve and maintain their independence. One person told us, “Staff help me to be independent by just doing the work they do. If my family had to care for me I wouldn’t be independent. With a carer I can live alone, away from my family, how I choose to.” Another person commented, “Staff don’t just jump in and take over; they wait for me to ask for any assistance. I try to be independent.”

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