What is Clinic To Community
Coordinated Care for People with Epilepsy
The goals of the Clinic to Community program:
- Provide individuals and their families with information about seizures, seizure first aid and epilepsy
- Provide individuals and their family with a network of support services to help everyone in the family to live well with a diagnosis of epilepsy
- Reduce the burden of epilepsy on the family, the health care system and the Ontario economy.
The four components of the Clinic To Community program:
1. Clinic To Community © Educator
Successful diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy requires the informed participation of everyone in the family. Because seizures often occur at home or in the community, your health care team will depend on you to provide an accurate history of what happened.
The Clinic To Community © Educator will:
- Teach you to document what happens before, during and after a seizure. This will help you to identify triggers that may have provoked the seizure. This information will also help you to prepare for your medical appointments and to get an accurate diagnosis with an effective treatment plan
- Answer your individual questions about seizures and epilepsy (causes, type of seizures).
- Help you and your family determine when a seizure is a medical emergency and when it is not
- Help you understand your treatment options (lifestyle management, medication, diet, surgery.
- Help you cope with the unpredictability of the next seizure and the fear that you may feel.
Knowing what to expect, what to do, and how to manage is important for every person diagnosed with epilepsy. People who rather understand their seizures are less likely to depend on the hospital emergency room as a principal source of support, or to reach out to their health care provider in crisis. They also are more likely to gain control of their seizures and to live well with this chronic condition.
2. An overview of seizures, epilepsy and seizure first aid for parents, youth and adults.
3. A seizure log to document triggers along with what happens before, during and after a seizure.
4. A series of strategy sheets: