Glaucoma Patients Can Maintain Independence at Home
Glaucoma affects more than 3 million people in the United States, and it is ranked as one of the most common causes of vision loss. When vision starts to decline, it can interfere with daily activities and lifestyle. As a result, a patient can begin to suffer from mobility issues and loss of independence.
If a loved one has been diagnosed with glaucoma and is experiencing a loss of vision, it’s possible to maintain independence at home with a little bit of support. However, in-home care is an investment to offset the burden on the family to assist with activities and requirements around the house.
Before assuming that assisted living is the only answer for glaucoma patients, schedule a consultation with a home care provider to learn more about available services in the home. Many patients prefer to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. Modifications can be made to support someone who is living with visual impairment.
Home Care Support for Patients with Visual Impairment
The benefit of home care services is that the plan is always customized to the unique needs of each individual. Here are some of the supports that can help a person with glaucoma and vision loss maintain as much independence as possible:
- Assistance with personal hygiene activities, including using the toilet, dressing, bathing, and grooming
- Mobility around the house and to other appointments and locations
- Help with reading and accessing relevant information
- Household task management, such as cooking, laundry, and light housekeeping
- Safety accommodations since vision impairment causes an increased risk of falling, such as minimizing tripping hazards, installing rails, and keeping sharp objects out of the way
- Improving in-home lighting since advanced glaucoma makes it hard to adjust from light to dark environments (moving from a dimly lit room to a bright room)
An experienced home care provider understands the best practices to design a personalized plan for a patient with visual impairment. Your contact will take the time to listen to the patient’s needs and understand the family’s goals.
Learn More About Available Home Care Services
Suppose you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with glaucoma or any other type of visual impairment. In that case, you might consider bringing in-home care services to maintain independence. These services are always customized to match your preferences.
Talk to us at Bonita Springs Healthcare Services for more information about available support for a patient with vision loss.
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