As your parents or relatives age, problems like macular degeneration can impact their vision and daily life. What’s more, sight and independence go hand-in-hand. A loved one with failing eyesight may be afraid they’ll lose their freedom, too. However, you can adjust a few things in their home to assist a visually impaired parent.
It can be challenging to make changes around the house to ease their struggles while not restricting their freedom. We’ve provided a few tips to help your loved one keep his or her dignity and as much independence as possible.
Caring for relatives or parents with failing eyesight doesn’t have to be difficult. There are a few things to do around the house to simplify moving from room to room and completing daily tasks for your loved one with vision problems:
Navigating the kitchen with impaired vision can be stressful. Make it easier for your loved ones to find what they need and prepare meals with a few quick and easy changes:
Ensuring your loved one can keep up with his or her daily chores without constant assistance will help them retain their sense of independence. A few small adjustments will ensure they can do laundry with ease:
Getting around the house can become increasingly difficult when vision starts to decline, and this can be especially upsetting for aging loved ones wanting to retain their freedom. But keeping the main rooms comfortable and accessible is easy:
Ensuring your loved one can navigate bedtime and bathtime without issue is an important part of establishing a regular routine. A few simple aids can help:
Keeping errands and entertainment available is a great way to assist your loved one with the adjustment to a life with declining vision. Here are a few ways to make sure they feel independent:
Making sure your loved one can contact you, your family members, or 911 is an important part of helping them retain their freedom while keeping them safe. There are easy ways to make this possible:
While adapting any household to a loved one with declining vision can seem difficult, a few simple tips and tricks can make life easier and allow them to retain the independence they enjoy.
If your loved one needs a little extra assistance around the house, and you could use a helping hand, experts are always available to provide additional care with transportation and other services.
Safe-T Home Care is an in-home care agency in Monticello, Indiana. We provide services such as transportation, personal care, and companionship to your loved ones so they can remain safely at home and maintain as much independence as possible. For more information, please visit our website or like us on Facebook.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are still here for you. We’re continuing to care for clients by running errands, providing transportation to doctor’s appointments, and more.
Judy Kanelos, Safe-T Home Care Executive Director