LOW VISION REHABILITATION SERVICES
For Patients With Vision Impairment, Including:
- Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
- Central Retinal Vein Occlusion (CRVO)
- Retinitis, Pigmentosa, Corneal Damage, Stroke, Atherosclerosis, Temporal Arteritis,
Trauma, and Tumors
- Diabetic Retinopathy
Low Vision Rehabilitation is the focus on treatment and education that helps individuals who are
visually impaired attain maximum function, a sense of well being, a personally satisfying level of
independence and optimum quality of life. Total Home Health can educate people with low vision to
continue living in their own homes and complete daily tasks, such as showering, dressing, cooking,
grocery shopping, managing finances and getting around in the community.
Services Include, but are not limited to:
- Evaluate a person's environment at work and at home to determine how it can be altered to make the most
out of a person's remaining vision.
- Help a person identify items used every day that need to "stand out" (provide a contrast) by marking them
with bright colors so they can be easily found.
- Increase lighting so objects can be seen easily. In addition to providing extra light to items, occupational
therapists also can identify areas that could be dangerous if not well lit, such as stairwells, kitchens, and
spaces with area rugs.
- Reduce clutter in rooms to increase safety by removing items from countertops, tabletops, and floors.
- Educate a person on how to compensate for vision loss by using other senses, such as touch, hearing, and smell.
- Recommend and train a person to use assistive devices that can aid in completing daily activities, such as
magnifiers, audio equipment, and voice-activated computers.
- Evaluate a person's ability to drive and determine whether a person with low vision can adjust his or her
driving so that he or she can continue to get around safely or should develop alternative ways to get around.
- Educate friends and family about the person’s visual ability, how they can help in adapting his or her home
to keep it safe and functional in addition to education for the family on community resources available to the
visually impaired to include: talking books, audio reader services, meals on wheels and centers for the blind.
Please contact your local Total Home Health office
for more information.