The research, by the sight loss charity Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) and conducted by the University of Brighton, shows staff, care home residents living with sight loss and their family members have a desire for more information and support to improve residents’ quality of life.
The Research Findings ‘ Older People’s experiences of sight loss in care homes’ follows an in-depth study by the university’s Dr Lizzie Ward and Laura Banks in six residential care homes and one nursing home where staff, residents and their relatives were interviewed.
It is estimated that as many as half of the 400,000 older people who live in care homes have some form of sight loss (RNIB, 2014) but they require extra support when they live in a care home.
The research found that residents’ quality of life was positively affected by visual awareness training and training about the signs of sight loss, along with the provision of more information and support about aids and technology and access to volunteer services, such as befriending.
All of these services helped to reduce the impacts of sight loss and social isolation visually impaired residents’ experienced, and could be provided by the sight loss sector in partnership with care homes.