Understanding Visual Impairment

Home Instead in Wimbledon and Kingston provides care at home to almost 100 clients, and every single one of them is unique in terms of the support they need. Poor sight or visual impairment is one of them. Macular degeneration and Glaucoma, two very different types of sight reducing conditions, but both can render those affected to a life of struggle and isolation.   It is vitally important to understand exactly what it's like to see and how difficult, simple everyday day tasks can become. Home Instead is very fortunate to share its office building with Kingston Association for the Blind (KAB) and have had the opportunity to benefit from their training and expertise.   In their training tool kit, KAB have glasses that have been made to create the type of vision someone with either of these visual impairments would have, and we borrow them when we have new visually impaired clients. It's extremely important that CAREGivers understand exactly what their clients experience daily. The knowledge the glasses give us, is invaluable in ensuring we encourage independence rather than doing too much for our clients, having assumed they cannot do it themselves.

A group of Home Instead CAREGivers talking
Family welcoming a Home Instead care manager into their home