Vision Challenges for Aging Seniors Make Assisted Living a Wonderful Option
January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month and the older a person is, the more likely they will be dealing with either cataracts, glaucoma, or some other vision related challenge. In fact, by the time a person is 80, it is an almost certainty that he or she will have dealt with cataracts or glaucoma at least once. That can pose a number of challenges, including safety issues for people of advancing years and that’s why assisted living is a wonderful option to consider.
What makes assisted living an option to consider?
First and foremost, staff members at a quality assisted living facility will have significant experience supporting aging men and women during their times of need. This will include those who have some type of vision related challenge.
While laser surgery and other procedures have advanced tremendously in recent years to help cure or at least limit the impact of glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and other vision related challenges, there may come a time when a senior has difficulty seeing clearly.
For example, an aging person might have trouble seeing clearly in the dark or, at the very least, during the evening hours or early morning. They might not be able to see as well as they once did and getting out of bed and going to the bathroom could be a bit treacherous for them.
Staff at a quality assisted living facility will be able to respond to calls for support and assistance from residents who may need help getting to the dining facility, to some other area of the grounds, or even from their bed to the bathroom.
Can assisted living support all seniors with vision related challenges?
No, not all assisted living facilities will be equipped either with staff or the necessary means to support elderly men and women with all different types of vision or health challenges. It’s important when looking into assisted living to contact the facility directly and find out precisely what support systems and experience they have in place to assist you or an aging loved one.
How can seniors live more independently at assisted living?
This is the conundrum that many people face when looking into assisted living as an option for them or an elderly parent, spouse, grandparent, or other family member or friend. They assume that assisted living means the senior will no longer have independence and autonomy.
In truth, a majority of seniors find they have more independence and ability to do a variety of things without having to look over their shoulder or ask permission than they did while living at home alone.
That’s because when a person is dealing with vision challenges or other health related issues at home, simply cleaning, taking a shower, getting out of bed, cooking, and so forth become incredibly difficult.
Moving to assisted living provides these elderly men and women a new lease on life. They can do as much or as little as they wish. No one will be telling them what they can or can’t do. Regardless of their vision challenges, staff will be able to support them so they can enjoy a higher quality of life in a safer environment.