Home Health & Hospice

What can a home health aide do to keep a patient safe during a seizure?

Homecare Insider, March 14, 2016

If a hospice patient is having a seizure, alert your supervisor, and then follow the directions given by your clinical team, which may include:

  • Roll the patient onto his or her side to prevent choking on any fluids or vomit.
  • Loosen any tight clothing around the patient’s neck so it doesn’t inhibit breathing.
  • Do not restrict the patient from moving unless he or she is in danger.
  • Do not put anything—including medicine and liquid—in the patient’s mouth, as doing so can cause choking or damage to the person’s jaw, tongue, or teeth. Contrary to popular belief, people cannot swallow their tongues during a seizure or at any other time.
  • Remove any sharp or solid objects that the patient might hit during the seizure.