Baby monitors needed
Do you have a baby monitor sitting in a cupboard that you no longer use?
Epilepsy Association of New Zealand Southland branch educator Darlene Howell is keen to make contact with anyone who can donate one. They can be used to alert family members and carers of epilepsy sufferers that someone is having a seizure when they are sleeping.
‘‘The monitor takes away some of the parents’ fears and anxiety, meaning they can get a sounder sleep.
Last month Epilepsy Southland received funding from the Combined Service Clubs Medical Trust in Southland for three epilepsy emfit tonic-clonic seizure monitors, which pick up any unusual continued shaking movement happening in a bed.
The alarm alerts a parent or carer when the person is having a seizure.
‘‘Unfortunately the alarms on the seizure monitors are not very loud so if a person is in a bedroom away from the living area or upstairs, especially through the day, the alarm sometimes cannot be heard.
‘‘Having a baby monitor next to the epilepsy seizure monitor transmits the sound from the alarm to a person in another room.’’
If you can help, contact Darlene at Southland Community House on 0800 374 537 or email email@example.com
Darlene Howell holds a donated baby monitor and an epilepsy seizure monitor.