Tips for Helping Seniors with Vision Loss

August 30, 2018
Janelle Thomas MSN, RN
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Vision loss is a scary thing for most people. If your loved one has diminished vision, there are probably quite a few ways they’ve learned to compensate for that loss. These tips can add to that toolbox for them.

4 Tips for Helping Seniors with Vision Loss

1. Give Your Loved One a “Plate Map”

Being unable to identify what you’re eating is frustrating, particularly if you can’t identify it because you can’t see it.

Your loved one has to deal with that every time they eat, so start to make it a habit to map out their plate for them.

Treat the plate like the face of the clock. Then you can let your loved one know there are mashed potatoes from 1 o’clock to 3 o’clock on the plate. Carrots are from 4 o’clock to 6 o’clock, and then salmon is located from 6 o’clock to 12.

Now your loved one has an idea of where each item is located on the plate and what is actually on the plate.

2. Let People Know If Your Loved One Can’t See the Fine Print

People in your loved one’s doctor’s office, new elder care providers, or even just people your loved one encounters may not be able to tell they have vision loss.

This can lead to sweeping assumptions about what your loved one can see or read, so it’s a good idea to let people know your loved one has vision trouble before they try to have your loved one read or sign something.

3. Help Your Loved One Know Who’s in the Room

Start a habit of greeting your loved ones as you enter the room and letting them know when you’re leaving the room.

This helps them to know when they’re on their own and keeps them from feeling startled if you suddenly touch them or talk to them after having left the room.

Mention this habit to other people who help your loved one, too.

4. Get Your Loved One’s Vision Checked Regularly

Even if your loved one’s vision is extremely poor, that doesn’t mean they no longer need eye exams.

Your loved one needs eye exams now more than ever to make sure there’s nothing going on with their eye health they might have noticed if their vision was a bit better.

Schedule regular appointments and make sure you keep them.

Helping your loved one with vision trouble isn’t as difficult as it might seem at first.

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