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Assessment & Treatment

Epilepsy Assessment for David Lewis Residents

Epilepsy is the most common chronic neurological condition.  It impacts over 450,000 people in the UK alone.  The effective diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy is a complex process as it presents in as many as fifty different conditions.  It can be diagnosed if people suffer seizures; there are around forty different types of seizure and a person may have more than one type.

Our clinical support services can help to identify the type of seizures that an individual is experiencing, leading to an improvement in the treatment options.  Everyone’s epilepsy is unique and will impact on their lives in different ways.

Diagnostic assessment may include Ambulatory EEG in combination with medical, psychology and nursing assessments as required.  In addition to EEG the following assessments may be undertaken:

  • Activity of daily living
  • Physical function
  • Communication
  • Cognitive function
  • Behaviour
  • Vocational skills

Our residents can be supported through reductions or changes to their medication in a safe and controlled environment. This helps people to obtain maximum seizure control and reduce the number of side effects experienced, with a consequent improvement in the person’s quality of life.

In addition, people with epilepsy may be at risk of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP).  We undertake a risk assessment of SUDEP which provides information and advice on measures to reduce this risk.

 

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