February 2017

Dr Lizzie Ward and Laura Banks, University of Brighton

More visual awareness training is needed to support people with sight loss living in care homes. The ‘Older people’s experiences of sight loss in care homes’ Research Findings are based on an in depth qualitative study carried out in care homes and a nursing home where staff, residents and their relatives were interviewed. A care home residents’ quality of life was found to be positively affected by visual awareness training in care homes, along with more information and support about aids and technology and access to volunteer services, including befriending. All of these services could be provided by the sight loss sector, in partnership with care homes.

Links:

Research Findings: Older people’s experiences of sight loss in care homes – Word version and PDF version

Full Report: Older people’s experiences of sight loss in care homes – Word version and PDF version

Literature Review: A Review of the literature on older people’s experiences of living in a care home with sight loss – Word version and PDF version