Sight Impairment Officers visit people with a visual impairment at home. The emphasis of their work is firmly based upon enabling people to maintain and increase their independence, make informed decisions on what they require and in showing people with impaired sight how to maximise the use of their residual vision.
Mr Wilson had recently lost his sight. He felt frustrated and bad tempered and boredom was a real problem.
The Sight Impairment Officer spent time with him to assess exactly what help he needed to help him be as independent as possible. She arranged for the Society to provide him with specialised equipment including a phone and many useful household gadgets, lent him a tape player and helped him claim Attendance Allowance and a Blue Badge. This all helped him feel more secure and confident.
Mrs Wilson was at the end of her tether, pretending to her family that everything was OK as she didn’t want to burden them with her problems, but when her husband lost his sight she too lost all her confidence and self esteem.
The Society referred her to the Society’s Befriending Project, sorted out a Carers Grant and other Benefits and both were introduced to Clubs and Social groups. Mrs Wilson took a refresher driving course after which they bought an automatic car and are much happier now they can get out independently.
Mr Wilson said:
“I’ve got good equipment now to help my independence which I was losing, and I’m really enjoying audio books. I’m more accepting of the situation and I’m talking far more to my wife and we’re enjoying getting out and about together again.”
Mrs Wilson said;
“My life has totally changed, everything happened so quickly once the Society was involved with so many people ringing and visiting and they all seem really understanding of the situation. They have given us answers to all our needs, I didn’t know where to turn or what to do but the door to a new life has opened.”