9 Tips to Help Seniors with Poor Eyesight


Living with poor eyesight in no way is easy. While every senior will have different preferences on how they prefer to be supported, having various tips in your back pocket can be valuable for the senior as well as the caregiver.

  1. Don’t assume how much they can or cannot see.
    There are different degrees of visual impairment and the ability to see may vary depending on factors such as environment, lighting etc.
  2. Hold your arm still.
    Moving your arm around when guiding can make them feel unstable. Try to relax your arm while keeping it steady as possible.
  3. Keep your face towards the person you are speaking to.
    Voices can easily sound unclear when you are not directly facing a senior who has poor eyesight.
  4. Don’t be afraid to offer help.
    Though we want our loved ones to keep as much independence as possible, sometimes assistance is necessary and appreciated.
  5. Follow their Pace.
    Match the pace of the person you are guiding being aware not to accidentally push or pull.
  6. Check which side to guide.
    When guiding, be sure to ask if they have a preference on which side you stand on.
  7. Inform when stepping away.
    Even when stepping away momentarily, be sure to inform the visually impaired where you are going and when you will return.
  8. Speak Clearly.
    Speak clearly and naturally without raising your voice unless otherwise instructed.
  9. Explain the Noises.
    When a loud or unusual sound occurs, give them the visual information they are missing.

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