A Place to Call Your Own
Searching for accessible housing
Finding solutions to housing-related concerns may help support your goal of staying as independent as possible, even while managing a seizure disorder. Consider the following when searching for a home or moving to a new community:
- How far do you have to travel? Consider a location that is close or convenient to your daily destinations such as school, work, or doctor appointments
- Is there reliable public transportation? If you are not able to drive because of seizures, it’s important to have easy access to bus, train, or paratransit services
- Are there assisted-living options? If you have a more severe seizure disorder, you may need an assisted-living home. Caregivers for people with epilepsy and seizure clusters may also need assisted living for their loved ones. When looking into this type of housing, ask if the staff is trained in helping people with epilepsy and if they have had seizure-emergency training
- Are there community services? Daycare for children or adults, caregiver assistance, family counseling, or local support groups are services that may help ease the transition into a new home or community
Get more information on housing
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Check with your local advocacy groups
The Epilepsy Foundation has affiliates in every state, offering programs and assistance.
Learn about government programs and services
Disability.gov covers a range of topics, including how to find accessible housing. You can also find organizations in your community to help you get the support you need.
Brick by Brick Campaign
A project of Angel Wings Foundation, Brick by Brick is a notable campaign in Illinois to raise funds for safe, supportive housing for thousands living with uncontrolled seizures.
Epilepsy PRALID (EPI) Residential Services
A project of Epilepsy Pralid, Inc.
In New York State, Epilepsy PRALID Residential Services serves individuals who have developmental disabilities. All homes have 24-hour staffing and associated clinical support. Their houses reflect the unique individuals who live in them.
Overall home safety
According to the Epilepsy Foundation, the home is the most common place for seizure-related accidents. That’s why making your home seizure-safe should be a priority. Areas such as the bathroom, kitchen, or bedroom may need special attention to prevent accidents when seizures strike.
For a safer home
The Epilepsy Foundation offers good home-safety advice: