August 1, 2011

Most of us experience some degree of vision decline as we age. But once eye problems have made simple daily tasks difficult or impossible, chances are the reason isn’t just a matter of “getting older.” Low vision can be the result of medical eye conditions, or it can be symptomatic of other ailments not directly related to the eye—diabetes, for example.

The important thing is to know that there is help. If you are worried about a loved one’s vision, make an appointment with an eye care professional who can provide an exam as a first step in determining the level of vision impairment. Often, these professionals will have recommendations on devices and low vision services that can help to maximize remaining vision. Having a professional caregiver come into the home to assist with daily tasks can also be a great help. An in-home care agency can recommend assistive devices and coordinate a few simple lighting and household adaptations to help a senior with low vision continue to enjoy favorite activities and hobbies.

For those with low vision who wish to maintain their independence, consider home care as an option to help them adapt and continue performing activities of daily living. If you are unsure of the extent of modifications needed in the home, Continuum will provide a free home safety evaluation and suggest simple home modifications that will allow your loved one to be safer at home. Call (314) 863-9912 for more information!