It’s common, and even normal, for some degree of vision loss to be experienced as we age. We learn adaptive techniques – using reading glasses or a magnifying glass, holding a book slightly farther away from the eyes, and utilizing stronger lighting. Yet when a condition such as glaucoma, retinal detachments, or macular degeneration is diagnosed, additional coping tools need to be utilized to maintain as much independence as possible and to maximize quality of life.
THE MEDICAL TEAM’s in-home care professionals are equipped to help seniors with vision loss in a variety of ways, from making recommendations on adaptive equipment and home modifications, to keeping the home environment clean and clutter-free to ensure safety, to assistance with preparing meals and running errands, and a full range of skilled medical care services.
Additionally, the following tips are important to keep in mind when vision loss is impacting a senior:
- Prevent isolation. It’s natural for seniors with vision problems to want to skip social functions, feeling as though they might inconvenience friends and family or that no one will understand the challenges they’re facing. Yet it’s crucial for older adults to remain social to avoid health risks associated with isolation such as depression, anxiety, cognitive decline, and more.
- Maintain normalcy. Keeping to as normal a routine and lifestyle as possible in spite of the loss of vision is helpful in boosting an older adult’s spirits. The senior can continue to participate in the hobbies and interests he has always enjoyed, even if some modifications are needed.
- Seek help. There are a variety of services available to help those with vision loss. It’s important to learn new skills to compensate for the loss, which can be accomplished with the help of an in-home occupational therapist from THE MEDICAL TEAM.
To learn more coping tips for seniors experiencing vision loss, and how THE MEDICAL TEAM can help, contact us any time. We’re pleased to offer a wide range of both medical and non-medical in-home care services for seniors throughout New Orleans, Detroit, Austin, Dallas and the metro DC area.