Sight loss and care at home. Do you provide care at home for someone with sight loss? Small changes can help to create an accessible and safe environment for people with sight loss. This post details some of the steps that can be taken to help when providing care at home.
Eating & drinking
Meal times can be improved by using:
- contrasting colours on the dinner table – for example using a tablecloth to help make the plate stand out.
- a ‘clock’ system help, explaining ‘meat at 12 ‘o’clock, vegetables at 3 ‘o’clock’ etc, can help.
- raised dots stuck onto items to help people differentiate between similar shaped items items such as salt and pepper.
- Talking Newspapers supply audio versions of a range of local and national newspapers.
- RNIB’s Talking Books service has thousands of titles available free-of-charge.
- RNIB’s Library has a huge range of books available in braille or large print.
There are a huge number of accessibility aids available – for example talking microwaves, level indicators which beep when liquid is close to the top of the mug. Devices such as the Amazon Echo can make a dramatic difference for people with sight loss allowing them to do things like online shopping, booking tickets, get news, check the weather.
Be aware for and report any signs of deterioration in sight loss
It is crucial that signs of deterioration in eyesight and reported to the persons GP – watch out for difficulty doing activities normally done with out problem, holding items closer to their face, persistent headaches, red eyes or discharge. Many GPs and opticians will do home visits, just ask.
The RNIB has lots more information about the services and aids that are available for people living with sight loss.
Why not contact Gardiner’s to see how we might be able to help you or a loved one.