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How to Make Home Adjustments for Elders with Vision Problems

Caregiver in Elk Grove CA

Although older adults with vision problems may need extra help from family members or caregivers, this does not mean they can’t live alone. Yet, to ensure they are safe in their home, Caregiver-in-Elk-Grove-CAadjustments may need to be made. Making these changes to their home will make it easier for them to live an independent life for as long as they would like to. Below are some of the changes that should be made in order to create a safer home environment.

  • Cover the windows. Seniors with vision impairments may be sensitive to glare that bounces off of the windows. To prevent this from happening, your loved one should add window coverings to their windows. The elder may also be sensitive to bright lighting, so installing adjustable lighting will allow them to create the perfect setting for their vision.
  • Choose the right games. Games are a great way to keep the senior entertained, while also helping to keep their brains stimulated and constantly working. When deciding what game to play, opt for ones that have enlarged illustrations and/or words. Bingo cards and card games are just a couple examples.
  • Walk with someone. Even if the elder’s home is clean and organized, they could still injure themselves by accidentally walking into something. Their caregiver should walk with them while the senior holds on to their arm. This way, they will be able to prevent a fall or injury from occurring.
  • Describe the meals. When serving them, describe what kind of meal they will be having. Do so in a clockwise manner so that the elder knows where everything is located on their plate. Place all utensils and other items in the same spot in order to make it easy for your loved one to find every time.
  • Remove any item that could cause a fall. If there is something in the home that could cause a fall, it has to go. This includes loose rugs or furniture that takes up walking space
  • Use clear, concise directions. When trying to give them clear directions, be clear with what you want in order to prevent any confusion.

Vision problems can cause a world of issues to occur for the senior, but these tips will help your loved live an independent life in the comfort of their home. For more tips, make sure to check with their doctor and/or physical therapist.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Elk Grove, CA, please contact the caring staff at ApexCare®. Proudly Serving Sacramento, Yolo, Placer & El Dorado Counties. Call Today 916-924-9111.

 

Source:

http://www.visionaware.org/info/for-seniors/retirement-living/help-for-seniors-with-vision-loss-tips-for-assisted-living-staff-members/125

Jason Wu, President

President at ApexCare
I first became aware of the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease ten years ago when my grandmother was diagnosed with this disease.I saw firsthand how critical it was to have a loving family or caregiver to ensure my grandmother’s safety and daily well-being.My grandmother was fortunate enough to have close family members who cared for her as her Alzheimer’s disease progressed.

Since then, I have had a strong interest in helping and supporting our senior community as they age and are unable to care for themselves.Coming from a family of physicians, I am excited to be involved in the medical community by providing the highest levels of non-clinical in-home care to our clients and their families.With my work experience, I firmly believe that ApexCare can touch many lives and have a great impact on our local senior community.

Prior to joining ApexCare, I worked in a wide variety of industries and have owned multiple businesses ranging from construction to mortgage banking.Outside of work, I am an active youth soccer and basketball coach, having coached recreational soccer for over 8 years and elementary school basketball for over 4 years.I graduated with a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and received a Masters of Management degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.My career has been focused on building great organizations that deliver the highest absolute levels of service to our clients.I look forward to continuing this passion with ApexCare.