How can I support a person living with sight loss and dementia?

There are some simple things you can do to support them including:

  • Encourage and help them to access eye care, to ensure any eye conditions are diagnosed and treated early
  • Remember the 3 C's in relation to eye wear - clean, current and correct glasses
  • Make simple adaptations to their home environment:
    • lighting should be consistent even and controllable
    • things should be brighter and bolder
    • use good colour contrast and avoid reflective surfaces
    • avoid highly patterned wallpaper, carpets and furnishing
  • Speak clearly using simple short sentences giving only one idea, question or instruction at a time.
  • Adapt your communication by following OWL principle, Observe Wait and Listen

For further information can be found on RNIB's dementia and sight loss web pages.

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