How In Home Care Helps Aging Parents Cope with Vision Loss
Vision loss is one of the most prevalent disabilities affecting the general population, and it is extremely common in in the senior population as well (Bouchard et al., 2003). According to the Educational Gerontology journal, more than 1 in 9 seniors over age 65 experience severe vision loss in their lifetime (p. 38). For seniors age 80 and older, this number increases to more than 1 in 4.
Though visual impairments are incredibly common, coping with the loss of vision is never easy. Even once you’ve accepted the change, major adjustments to your lifestyle will be needed. It can be a lot to take in at once, especially if your friends and family have no experience in this area.
Today’s post explains how ABC Great Milwaukee’s in home care service solves many of the biggest challenges surrounding age-related vision loss.
Common Types of Vision Loss in Brookfield, Wisconsin
The most common visual impairments among seniors in Brookfield, Wisconsin are:
- Macular degeneration. One study by the Archives of Ophthalmology journal found that 6.5% of adult participants age 40 and older suffered from some kind of age-related macular degeneration, or AMD (Klein et al., 2011, p. 75). AMD often begins as blurred spots near the center of their field of view. Over time, the blurred area may grow larger and blank spots can develop. On its own, AMD does not lead to complete blindness, though the loss of central vision can greatly interfere with everyday activities, such as reading, writing, driving, cooking, and home maintenance.
- Glaucoma. Glaucoma is an eye disease associated with elevated intraocular pressure that is widely considered the leading cause of global irreversible blindness (Tham et al., 2014). A systematic review and meta-analysis of 50 population-based studies by the Ophthalmology journal found that roughly 64-million individuals suffered from glaucoma, with seniors at heightened risk.
- Cataracts. A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that can gradually lead to a decrease in vision. Cataracts can affect one or both eyes. Other common symptoms include faded color, blurred vision, halos around light, and trouble seeing at night and in other low-light conditions. Ophthalmology predicted the prevalence of cataracts between 15% and 19%.
How does In Home Care Help Aging Parents Cope and Adjust to Their Loss of Vision?
At Always Best Care greater Milwaukee, we offer a complete continuum of care that can be scaled to meet the needs of your loved one.
In home care can help parents coping with the trauma of vision loss in a number of ways.
One of the main benefits is peace of mind; only when your loved one feels safe and comfortable can they focus on recovering or start to adjust to their new lifestyle, and that’s what our caregivers can provide.
- Provide reminders about appointments
- Mail bills and letters
- Assist with home maintenance
- Check food expirations
- Provide respite care
- Help with clothing selection
- Offer companionship and great conversation
- Record recipes
- Introduce new hobbies and activities
- Aid with reading, and much more.
Additionally, our caregivers’ compassion and experience with visual impairments make them great people for your loved ones to talk to about any issues or anxieties related to their vision.
We also get directly involved with their ocular care by helping them schedule and travel to medical appointments, as well as adhere to any medication and rehabilitation programs.
Learn More About In Home Care in Brookfield, Wisconsin
Visit https://www.alwaysbestcare.com/wi/brookfield/care-services/in-home-care/ to learn more about our in home care services in Brookfield, Wisconsin, and find out how to book your free consultation today.
Bouchard Ryan, E., Anas, A. P., Beamer, M., & Bajorek, S. (2003). Coping with age-related vision loss in everyday reading activities. Educational Gerontology, 29(1), 37-54.
Klein, R., Chou, C. F., Klein, B. E., Zhang, X., Meuer, S. M., & Saaddine, J. B. (2011). Prevalence of age-related macular degeneration in the US population. Archives of Ophthalmology, 129(1), 75-80.
Tham, Y. C., Li, X., Wong, T. Y., Quigley, H. A., Aung, T., & Cheng, C. Y. (2014). Global prevalence of glaucoma and projections of glaucoma burden through 2040: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Ophthalmology, 121(11), 2081-2090.