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Vision loss can cause your world to become a frightening place, especially if it is caused by a sudden, traumatic event.  Your once simple, seemingly mundane life has been turned around.

*Tasks you had previously completed with ease, are now much more complicated.

*Family members will want to keep you safe and protected, but this can often lead to smothering.  Those with vision loss should be encouraged to become independent once again.  This will help the person with the vision loss as well as the family member.  Often times, family members caring for an aging, sick or visually impaired loved one can become overwhelmed with the responsibility.

*This is when a qualified caregiver can come in to relieve the stress of the family members, while at the same time allow their loved one to regain some of that independence which was lost.  At ElderCaring, we can connect you with a caregiver to do just that.  Our caregivers can help with light housework, personal hygiene, laundry, meal planning and preparation, organization, escort to doctor’s appointments, and much more.  When dealing with someone who has recent vision loss, it can feel like a monumental task to organize each area of the home for ease and safety.  Our caregivers can help organize closets, pantries, cupboards, bathrooms, etc. to make it easier for those with vision loss to find what they need when they are alone.  This will give them greater independence.  We also provide live-in assistance if you feel you loved one needs around-the-clock care. This may be a short-term option for those with very recent vision loss until they regain some independence.  You can easily transition from 24 hour assistance to fewer hours as needed.  Whatever your need, know you are not alone in this.  ElderCaring will be there with a screened, qualified caregiver for as long as needed.

Questions to ask yourself if you or your loved one are dealing with vision loss:

Are you feeling overwhelmed and not sure what to do?

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the responsibility of taking care of your loved one experiencing vision loss?

If you answered yes to either of these questions then you could definitely benefit from the support of an in-home caregiver backed by the top agency servicing Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Indio, Indian Wells and Cathedral City. Get the support you need now before your health becomes an issue, because you need to be healthy in order to be there for your loved ones who depend upon you for help.

Isn't it time you called today to get that long awaited and much needed help?

Call us today for a free, no-obligation home assessment.

 

For some helpful information on vision and brain injury, here is a link to an article written by Thomas Politzer, O.D.  Former President of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association:

Introduction to Vision & Brain Injury

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What is glaucoma?

It is the leading cause of blindness. In the US, 9%-11% of all cases of blindness are caused by glaucoma. An estimated 3 million Americans have glaucoma, but only half of those know it. It is a disease that causes damage to the optic nerve due to high pressure in the eye. There is no cure for glaucoma, but if caught early, it is possible to stop further vision loss. There may be no symptoms, such as pain or pressure in the eye, to warn you that you have glaucoma. It may begin with loss of peripheral vision or small blind spots in the field of vision. The fluid in your eye is constantly being cycled and is regulated to maintain the balance between the fluid being produced and the fluid filtered out. If this becomes unbalanced, it changes the pressure in your eye and can damage your optic nerve. Because of the lack of symptoms, it is important to have regular eye exams. The intraocular pressure check and visual field tests can alert you to high pressure in your eye. Early glaucoma treatment can avoid any damage to the optic nerve and vision.

If you or a loved one suffers from glaucoma, it is possible to slow the progression of the disease by combining medical treatment with supplements and lifestyle changes. Here are a few suggestions:

 

  1. Eat fresh vegetables every day, make your meals as colorful as possible.

  2. Take a good vitamin/mineral supplement.

  3. Exercise daily.

  4. Have regular appointments with your doctor.

Living with low vision or blindness:

Sometimes, people with vision loss find it hard to ask for help, for fear of being a nuisance. Tasks that once required no thought, such as hanging a picture, now require the help of a friend or caregiver. When offering to help, you should be specific. Instead of, “Give me a call if you need anything.” say something like, “I'm going shopping, would you like to come along?”

You can also provide help in their home by reducing clutter and removing throw rugs, increasing lighting (halogen bulbs are best for those with low vision), use lampshades and sheer curtains to reduce glare, purchase address stickers for any forms they may need to fill out, encourage them to use voice memos instead of written shopping lists, increase the contrast between items such as the stove and pots or table/counter and dishes, use wide tape that contrasts with the carpet/wall color to outline stairs and electrical outlets, use large print labels for pantry items and keep them organized – putting them back in the same place each time they are used.

 

Be My Eyes is a great app for those who need assistance with small things like checking a food label at a grocery store or the expiration date on the milk in their fridge. Click on the link for more information:

BeMyEyes

If you would like assistance while you are dealing with the effects of glaucoma, contact us at ElderCaring. We would love to connect you with a caregiver to help ease the stress of meal planning/preparation and doctor appointments, and provide you with many other services.

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