As people age, the odds of being affected by an eye related disease increase. One of those eye diseases is macular degeneration and it is the leading cause of blindness in people 60 and older.
Losing one’s vision can make it not only difficult to get around, but create a sense of loss of independence. It takes a delicate and personal touch to provide macular degeneration and blindness care for a loved one while also helping them to maintain as much independence as possible.
What is Macular Degeneration?
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common eye condition that is caused by the deterioration of the central portion of the retina. Often termed, “central vision loss.” This part of the retina controls our ability to read, drive a car, recognize faces and color and be able to focus on the fine details on the things we look at.
Treatment for AMD
Those living with macular degeneration typically compensate for the loss of vision by reading large-print materials, or using magnifying lenses for daily activities. It’s also been noted that increasing intake of vitamins C and E, along with increasing betacarotene and zinc could reduce or delay the onset of severe vision loss. Treatment could also include medication.
In-Home Care for Macular Degeneration
For our clients living with AMD and blindness, our home health care providers inspect the home for safety and ensure that it’s “low vision” friendly. Our knowledge and experience working with patients with low vision or blindness helps us provide the right kind of care for your loved one. Our goal is to help our patients be as independent as possible while ensuring they are in a safe environment and have the best quality of life possible. In addition to advising on the safety of a home’s layout, we also provide the following specialized support:
- Administering medications and eye drops (as directed by our RN).
- Helping loved ones walk from place to place, accompanying them on walks, and providing them transportation.
- Reading and socializing with them.
- Assuring proper grooming, bathing and personal care.
We offer our entire range of in home care assistance and home health care services like housekeeping, companionship and more to those living with AMD and blindness. It is our knowledge and experience with delivering macular degeneration and blindness care that makes us a great choice for your loved-one’s in-home care. It can be difficult to care for a loved one with vision loss, not just because you have other obligations such as work or taking care of your other family, but because it can be difficult to find the balance between care and respecting your loved one’s independence. Our caregivers are skilled, friendly and work closely with you and your loved one to assess their specific care, wants and needs. It’s that dedication to personal care that helps us help your loved one thrive.
Contact Professional Caretakers today to see how we can help provide the best care for your loved one.