With old age comes the possibility of deterioration in eyesight and becoming vision impaired. This can affect a person’s independence; however, if you take into consideration small number of tips you can help your relative to remain as independent as possible. Changes will obviously depend on the severity of the difficulties.
Ensure that things are kept in the same place as much as possible. If you need to move furniture, let the person know and wherever possible walk through the room with them several times so that they get used to it. Do not leave things on the floor where they may trip over them. Cooking can also be a concern, from the risk from boiling water to the gas stove. Microwave cooking is safer and if you can order-in ready frozen meals you can be reassured that they are eating adequately. Telephones can be purchased with large keypads and if your relative enjoys reading, but finds it difficult, there are alternatives available. Suggest using a magnifying glass or large print books; using audiobooks is also an option. It may be that the lighting needs to be improved to enable them to enjoy reading, watching TV or other activities.
Out and about
One of the things that can create anxiety for someone with limited visibility is going out. For those for whom it is appropriate, an assisted dog may be an option. The dog will learn to take them to specific places as well as ensuring that they get there safely. If this is not an option, going out with them may be the only solution. It may, with practice and confidence, get to the point where they feel able to go out on their own. Helping them to work out distances in steps or identify landmarks is also helpful. Using money can be problematic and a concern for the individual and others. Unfortunately, there are some unscrupulous people who will try to take advantage if they are aware of a disability. Keeping money in the same place in a purse or wallet may help, as would only carrying a few denominations. For example, only carrying bills of $1, $5 and $10 when possible. If a person goes to regular shops and such, it may be worth going to the same clerks who will get to know your relative. It may be that the severity of the illness is such that it is unsafe for you’re relative to go out alone. In such instances, being escorted by a carer, either you or a professional, helps them to get out and about. Massachusetts Home healthcare provides home aides who will work with your relative in regard to this.
Taking care of eyes
Even though further degeneration may be prevented, it may be possible to slow it down. Having regular check-ups with their ophthalmologist is vital. Be aware of what tires the eyes if this happens, for example long periods of watching TV or reading. Depending on the type of visual impairment, surgery may be an option.
If in doubt, seek out help from professionals, not only from a medical perspective, but also from those who can help then maintain their independence. MA Home care providers are very experienced in helping their clients who have visual impairments. Check if there are any visual rehabilitation services available in your area and request a quote.