What Can Help a Senior Who Is Experiencing Diminished Eyesight?

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Vision changes are something your aging family member might not be prepared to deal with at this stage of her life. It’s not uncommon for aging adults to lose their eyesight, but someone who has never experienced vision problems can find this to be an extremely uncomfortable situation.

Home Care Services Ashland OH - What Can Help a Senior Who Is Experiencing Diminished Eyesight?

Home Care Services Ashland OH – What Can Help a Senior Who Is Experiencing Diminished Eyesight?

Talk to Her Eye Doctor

If your senior is experiencing changing vision and hasn’t been to her eye doctor in a while, it’s time to set up an appointment. There may be more going on that her eye doctor can alert both of you to. There may also be some solutions her eye specialist can recommend that make a difference for her.

Let Her Do What She Can Do

As you and your senior notice her vision changing, there’s probably a lot that you want to take over and do for her. Helping her is one thing, but if you take over too much, she may end up losing more of her abilities and her independence than she really should. Let her handle what she can and try to only step in if there are specific safety concerns that need to be addressed. This can be an important part of allowing her to come to terms with her vision changes.

Set Some Guidelines for When She Expects Help

Something else that can help is to talk to your senior about when she wants help in general. This gives her a chance to share with you what her boundaries are, even as they’re changing while her vision changes. When you know what she expects in terms of help, you’re going to be less likely to jump in when she would rather you didn’t.

Find Assistive Devices and Other Solutions that Work for Her

There are a lot of options available for helping your elderly family member to cope with diminished vision. Things like brighter light bulbs and magnifying devices are just the tip of the iceberg. You might also want to consider reading devices that can read almost any written item to her. Another option is to hire home care services providers. Home care services providers can take over other tasks for her that may have become more difficult, like driving and cooking, especially if you’re not available to do those things for your senior.

It’s difficult to deal with diminished vision, especially if your elderly family member has always been able to see well in the past. The emotional effects may be surprising for both of you.

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About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.