Tips for Improving Safety for a Senior Dealing with Low Vision

Senior Care in Naples FL

Approximately 6.5 million people over the age of 65 throughout the United States are living with a severe vision impairment. Experts believe that this number will only increase, doubling by the year 2030. Living with low vision can be a strong indicator of compromised quality of life for elderly adults. In fact, more than 57 percent of those who are dealing with low vision are at risk of suffering from depression, compared with approximately 43.5 percent of those in the rest of the population. Low vision also increases the chances that your elderly adult will experience potentially dangerous accidents and situations that can lead to serious injuries. As their family caregiver it is critical that you are prepared to give them the care and assistance that they need to improve their safety and support their ongoing function and quality of life as they age in place with low vision.

Use these tips to help your parent improve their safety as they deal with low vision:

• Increase the lighting throughout their home to remove shadowy areas and make it easier for them to identify potential hazards such as the edge of stairs and furniture.

• Encourage them to keep up with their visits to the eye doctor so that they can monitor their eye health and the condition of their vision. This also ensures that their adaptive devices such as glasses and contacts are kept up-to-date for optimum benefit.

• Make sure that your loved one uses their glasses when and as they are supposed to both when they are at home and when they are away.

• Mark the edges of each step on stairwells so that your parent can identify each of them. This can help to prevent them from missing steps and experiencing a serious fall.

• Keep any potentially dangerous chemicals out of reach and away from other substances that might be confused for them to help prevent poisoning and other injuries.

If your aging parent has been suffering from AMD or other causes of low vision, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting senior care for them. Low vision is an extremely challenging limitation that can make a dramatic impact on your parent’s function and quality of life. The highly personalized services of a senior home care services provider are tailored not just to your parent’s individual challenges and limitations, but also to their personality, beliefs, and lifestyle goals. This means that they are able to maintain as much activity, engagement, and independence as possible while also managing their specific needs. This can include helping them to identify potential risks and hazards throughout the home so that they can modify them, providing physical support and assistance to manage these risks, and modifying tasks and activities in a way that allows them to keep up with their desired lifestyle as much as possible. These services can be extremely beneficial in helping your parent to achieve their goal of aging in place while staying safe. As their family caregiver, this can give you a tremendous sense of peace of mind reassuring you that even when you are not able to be with your parent, they can still avoid potential dangers and enjoy their lifestyle.

Source
https://nihseniorhealth.gov/lowvision/signsoflowvision/01.html
http://www.afb.org/info/programs-and-services/professional-development/experts-guide/aging-and-vision-loss/1235

If you or an aging loved-one care considering hiring senior care in Naples, FL, talk to the friendly staff at Help at Home Healthcare.

Sarasota, Florida
(941) 388-3117

Bradenton, Florida
(941) 795-7000

Naples, FL 34102
239-494-1039

Joyce Berk, RN, BSN, MSN

Administrator at Help at Home Homecare
Joyce Berk, RN, BSN, MSN has over 30 years of experience in health care administration, with 26 years dedicated to clinical and financial oversight of various home health organizations, including Medicare, hospice and private operations. After beginning her home health career with private home health care in Sarasota, Joyce served as Vice President and the Chief Operations Officer for a multi-site, multi-state, Medicare and Private home health organization in regions of the US. She then became Vice President of Clinical Operations of one of the country’s largest hospice operations located in the Tampa area. Prior to leading Help At Home’s private initiative, Joyce initiated multi-site start-up home care operations, ensuring regulatory compliance and licensure, with a strong focus on customer service. Most recently, she held the position of Chief Compliance Officer with concentration on quality improvement of a large Florida based Medicare multi-site organization.

Joyce received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ohio State University and her Master’s in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing from Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. There, she a assumed a faculty and administrative role and later received Hospice Administrator Certification. Her educational background, years of broad-based home care leadership with emphasis on continual improvement and customer service qualifies her to lead Help At Home Homecare in becoming an exceptional provider of private home care services in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Lee and Collier Counties.

Joyce lives in Sarasota with her husband, has three grown daughters and seven grandchildren.