Many patients can continue to read, enjoy needle point, crocheting, or other activities that would be challenging for those with low vision without tools specifically designed to help patients overcome their visual impairments. Post-acute care staff members learn to help patients use Closed Circuit televisions (CCTVs), lighted magnifiers, screen reading software, and a variety of other tools that can encourage independence and continued enjoyment of many leisure activities and use of media.
The process by which those with low vision learn how to navigate in their environment using their remaining senses. Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialists train post-acute care staff at seminars and quarterly follow-up sessions. They provide continued support via email and phone calls as well.
Teachers of the Visually Impaired and Low Vision Therapists conduct training sessions where post-acute care staff members learn how to support patients when they return to their homes to be able to continue to live as independently as possible. Those who are coping with vision loss often find every-day tasks to be challenging as their vision diminishes.
Many patients who are experiencing vision loss will be impacted by a loss of color discrimination, which can lead to failure to recognize common ailments as we age, such as pressure sores, rashes, throat conditions, blood or bile in the urine or body color changes caused by jaundice or cyanosis. Solutions in Low Vision provides an on-line color deficiency screening program that can be conducted on every patient, which can lead to early detection of previously un-diagnosed diseases and visual impairments, such as glaucoma, diabetes, macular degeneration and cataracts.
Our clients in the post-acute care community have access to continued support from low vision professionals for training, professional development and educational resources to better inform staff about the impact of low vision conditions on their patients.