2011 Low Vision Rehabilitation Therapy
Did you know that age-related disorders account for 76% of all low vision cases?
Low vision interferes with our client’s abilities to perform Activities of Daily Living (ADL's). Low vision also increases the risks for falls and injury at home, medication errors, mobility deficits, isolation, and unnecessary dependence on others. As a home health care provider serving our elderly populations, we wanted to be able to offer a program that speaks directly to these problems. And so, in 2011 we unveiled our Low Vision Rehabilitation Therapy Program.
The program was designed by one of our Occupational Therapists and we are able to offer the assistance as a skilled service under the umbrella of occupational therapy. The goal is to help clients with uncorrectable vision loss regain function. The program is NOT a means to regain lost vision nor does it rest on adaptive equipment as a primary remedy. Instead, it includes teaching strategies that help clients compensate for low vision by:
- Modifying the home environment to improve home safety
- Providing instruction in techniques to maximize remaining vision
- Training to utilize the other remaining senses
- Providing education about disease process and management when necessary
Who is most likely to benefit from the program?
Any client who reports a vision impairment that interferes with his or her ability to function will benefit from the program. Common diagnoses include: Cataracts, Diabetic Retinopathy, Glaucoma, Visual Field Losses (following stroke or brain injury) and Macular Degeneration.
If you would like to learn more about the program or to schedule an assessment, call today!