Our center has been very successful at helping many people with epilepsy achieve seizure freedom and control. This has opened the door to the opportunity to lead happy and meaningful lives: children have returned to school; adults have returned to work; and numerous others now experience a better quality of life.
However, as health-care professionals, we are aware that epilepsy is a chronic disease that impacts many aspects of a life: medically, cognitively, socially and emotionally. Even if seizures are controlled, people with epilepsy encounter many hurdles in life. If seizures cannot be controlled, the obstacles may be even greater. These obstacles may include difficulties finding employment, re-gaining a driver’s license, successfully using public transportation, leading a healthy and active lifestyle, maintaining independence at home, managing cognitive problems, or dealing with depression or anxiety.
Helping people with epilepsy goes well beyond controlling seizures. As a result, we have created a unique epilepsy rehabilitation program to provide whole-person care, known as Helping people with Epilepsy Acquire Life-skills (HEAL).
Epilepsy rehabilitation services are available at the world-renowned Keck Hospital of USC and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center.
Our epilepsy rehabilitation programs include:
Vocational rehabilitation training involves assessing current skills and abilities, counseling, training, job placement and support to maintain employment. People with epilepsy can have a successful and satisfying work life. A meaningful work life is an important factor in overall quality of life.
One of the biggest hurdles facing those with epilepsy is losing the ability to be independently mobile. This program provides driver education to assist those returning to driving as well as to first-time drivers.
Our epilepsy rehabilitation program offers the opportunity to work with a physical therapist to develop individualized wellness-orientated plans.
Occupational therapy focuses on providing people the necessary skills to perform everyday tasks successfully. By creating customized plans, the occupational therapist aims to maximize a person’s ability to perform daily activities.
Speech and Cognitive Therapy
Speech, memory and attention are often affected in epilepsy. Speech therapy can be very helpful for certain people with epilepsy who need to overcome language difficulties, improve communication skills and improve memory and problem-solving functions.
A high rate of mood disturbances exists in people with epilepsy. Careful management by our psychologists who specialize in epilepsy can help to improve depression, anxiety and other mood symptoms.
Independence and community re-integration are important components of rehabilitation. Learning to manage money, using public transport, shopping for groceries and cooking for one’s self are among many of the life skills training our rehabilitation program offers.
Please contact us at (800) USC-CARE (800-872-2273) for more information.