People with visual impairment frequently require assistance with daily chores that they could previously do on their own. They may also require assistance in order to maintain contact with their community, friends, and leisure activities. Age-related vision loss is prevalent as we age and is frequently treatable with surgery, eye drops, and spectacles. However, some eye conditions, such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and other illnesses can progress to blindness or partial blindness, posing significant obstacles to people affected. Here are some activities for your loved one with vision impairment.
Engaging with Nature
Getting close to nature can have positive effects on the body, such as better mood and reduced stress. Here are some ways to get your loved one to engage with nature:
- Involve them as much as possible in an indoor windowsill garden. You can let them take part in activities like pushing earth in a pot, evaluating plant development by feeling, smelling herbs, or tasting the harvest (such as lettuce, sweet peas, and tomatoes).
- Take them on a drive and explain the landscape as you go.
- Take a wheelchair stroll outside to enjoy the sun and fresh air.
Tactile or Sensory Activities
Although your loved one is visually impaired, they can still use their other senses for activities. Here are some tactile or sensory activities they can do:
- Fidget toys can be engaging and satisfying to play with.
- Sorting is a great exercise that doesn’t require eyesight; simply make the forms varied enough to differentiate them – for example, a bag of mixed pasta shapes, coins, and so on.
- Many individuals love smoothing crumpled or wrinkled paper or tissue paper.
- Some persons with poor eyesight may appreciate expressive painting (think wide strokes and abstract forms) – use bright colors against a contrasting background to make it easier to see.
- Older folks with limited eyesight may enjoy creating collages from magazine photos or decorating a simple box with cut-out images or colorful paper.
- Sculpture allows older persons to express themselves artistically without using their vision – modeling clay or sculpting sand can be used.
Helping with domestic duties is an excellent way for someone with dementia and low eyesight to feel included and valued in the family.
- Sort silverware: Place spoons, forks, and butter knives in their appropriate containers.
- Fold clothes, particularly smaller, more manageable items such as socks or hand towels.
- Help with ingredients: Having someone with low vision throw ingredients into a large pot or bowl allows them to contribute to the cooking or baking of a dish.
- Prepare the vegetables: Remove stems, snap beans, shell peas or beans, and so on.
- Cut fragile fruits using a safety knife or break them into bits or parts with their fingers.
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