Senior Health and Wellness Tips from Five Star Senior Living

Can Assisted Living Offer Support For Adults with Vision Loss?

  • August 23, 2016

One-in-six Americans age 65 and up has some degree of vision loss. If an aging loved one is facing vision loss, you probably have questions and concerns. Your loved one may not be safe living alone at home. He or she will no longer be able to drive. Both are tough changes to accept.

An assisted living community may be the answer. It can allow your senior loved one to preserve his or her quality of life and maintain a sense of independence.

But do assisted living communities provide support for vision loss?

Assisted Living for Diverse Needs

Fortunately, many of the services seniors in assisted living require coincide with the needs of people with vision loss.

For instance, seniors may need help with:
  • Housekeeping
  • Meal prep, cooking, and eating
  • Personal hygiene activities
The amount of assistance your senior loved one needs will depend on the extent of their vision loss, as well as their overall health.

Choosing An Assisted Living Community for a Senior with Vision Loss

When you tour an assisted living community, ask questions and observe the accommodations for seniors with vision loss.

Ask Questions About the Caregivers

Does the community have staff members who are trained in attending to the unique needs of seniors with vision loss? Are they trained to understand the different types of vision loss, such as glaucoma and macular degeneration—and how these different diseases affect visual acuity?

Observe how the staff interacts with your senior loved one, as well as with residents with vision loss. Do staff members speak directly to the individual?

Consider Amenities and Activities

Are amenities and accommodations designed to support those with varying levels of vision loss? Are signs in large print? Does the community offer activities focused on listening and doing, which don’t require good vision?

Are meal times in shared spaces friendly to all residents and is help available in the dining hall to assist your loved one if necessary?

Assess Accommodations

Does the community offer common areas that will support an older person with vision loss? Rooms should have sparse furnishings with nothing in the center of the room—such  as a coffee table or area rugs—that could present a tripping hazard.

Windows should have appropriate coverings to minimize glare. Adjustable lighting may also help seniors with vision loss.

Seniors with Vision Loss Can Thrive in Assisted Living

While vision loss support may not be as highly publicized as memory care, it’s an important aspect of choosing the best assisted living community.

Finding a supportive, accommodating environment for your senior loved one can help them make new friends and live happily, in spite of the limitations inherent in progressive vision loss.

A Five Star Senior Living community may offer the support your loved one needs. Schedule a tour today to find out.  

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