Caregivers focus on improved care for the visually impaired

A brief venture into the world of visually impaired people and an update on how new technology is making day to day activities easier for them has helped the Caregivers at Home Instead in Nottingham to further improve their understanding of the care they provide for their visually impaired clients.

Home Instead Nottingham CAREgivers and the Nottingham Royal Society for the Blind (NRSB) speakers, Vivienne and Donna

In conjunction with the Nottingham Royal Society for the Blind (NRSB), Caregivers from Home Instead experienced the different types of sight impairment for themselves through use of a range of specially developed glasses.

NRSB speakers, Vivienne and Donna, both visually impaired themselves, brought along the glasses to demonstrate just what it is like for partially sighted people and to help the Caregivers understand the best ways of helping visually impaired clients. In particular, they explained that a visually impaired person values their independence as much as anyone else and people should never assume that they want to be guided; it really depends on the individual. 

Fortunately, new technology is increasingly improving the day to day life of blind and partially sighted people. One example from America is a colour reader application for the iphone 4 called the ‘Color Identifier’ which can name the colour of an object simply by directing the phone at it.  This can help in all types of daily situations such as picking out matching clothes or finding items that belong to you.

Home Instead Care Manager Lorraine Durrance said: “I would like to thank Vivienne and Donna for taking the time to come and talk to our team of Caregivers.  They have helped us to better understand our clients’ needs and that helps us to deliver even better care in the future.”

The event was organised as part of the ongoing professional development of Home Instead Caregivers. At the meeting several Caregivers were presented with certificates for recent training success in Visual Awareness, Dementia Awareness and Food Safety.

Home Instead specialises in providing care for adults in their own homes. Services include daily visits, personal care, meal preparation, medication reminders, housekeeping, accompanied shopping and specialist assistance with dementia and Alzheimer’s care, respite provision and hospital discharge assistance.  In doing so the company gives clients the option of leading an independent life in the comfort of their own home.

For more information about Home Instead in Nottingham call 0115 922 6116 or visit

Photo caption: Home Instead with Donna and Vivienne from NRSB