Caring for Someone with a Visual Impairment

What is classified as a visual impairment?

People who are visually impaired typically have some a decreased ability to see. Visual impairments can be everything from moderate impairment to total blindness. In some situations, these impairments cannot be corrected. This causes the individual to have to adjust to their decreased visual ability, or in some cases total loss of sight. When this occurs, the NHS states that some individuals go through a process that is similar to bereavement. During this time, there is a whirlwind of emotions, ranging from sadness to anger. This time can understandably be difficult for carers as well. Seeing someone that you care about going through such a difficult time can be hard at first. Your caring role becomes a pivotal part of their life and for some, this can be difficult to balance over time.

Your caring role

As with many caring roles, caring for someone who has a vision impairment issues can be challenging. It can be an emotional rollercoaster that’s filled with everything from loneliness to frustration. Ensuring that you take time out of each day to simply take care of yourself is essential. In addition to this, connecting with other carers, friends, or family members can be helpful so that you have someone to talk to about your situation.

In order to understand what your loved one is feeling, it sometimes can be helpful to educate yourself about their condition. While you may not be able to completely understand what it is like to not be able to see properly, you can at least understand some of what they are going through. This can not only make your caring role a bit easier, but it can strengthen your bond with the person that you care for, allowing them to understand that you truly care about what it is that they are living with.

Sometimes with certain conditions and issues, home adaptations can help the carer and the person that they care for tremendously. It can understandably help the person that is being cared for because it makes their life easier and allows them to be more able to do things for themselves. This, in turn, helps the carer because they are not required to do quite as much for their loved one. Simple adaptations outdoors, such as removing trip hazards around the home and adding lights near keyholes, can be beneficial. Indoor adaptations, such as adding handrails or non-slip flooring, can help as well. For a full list of possible home adaptions for people with visual impairments, click here.

Need more support?

If you are caring for someone has a form of visual impairment and think that you may need a little bit of extra support, we Suffolk Carers Matter would be happy to help! We offer free support, advice, and guidance and even have a free counselling service available should you need it!

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Additional Resources

Click here for information from the RNIB about those caring for people with visual impairments.

Click here for information from the RNIB on how to properly guide those who are partially sighted or fully blind.