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Having a care plan will make it easier to ensure the person with vision loss has the right support and assistance. It also ensures continuity of care, particularly when more than one person acts as a carer, or if respite care is required.
Care plans will vary depending on the type and extent of vision loss, and the individual circumstances of the person you care for. However, it should contain:
- personal details of the person you care for
- care needs, including details of tasks the person needs help with
- contact details for all relevant health professionals
- a medicine list, including details of any appointments with an eye care professional
- details of people and/or service providers that can assist
- emergency contact details
- an Amsler grid to monitor any changes in vision between appointments with the eye care professional.
A low vision assessment is a crucial first step in developing a care plan. A low vision assessment will include tests to determine how much of your vision remains. You’ll also get valuable advice and support for your individual circumstances.
When developing the care plan, it’s important to actively involve the person with vision loss. Try to:
- identify tasks and activities they can no longer do independently
- acknowledge that the person with vision loss is the authority on their own experience
- allow them to make their own decisions, unless they ask for help
- avoid being overprotective
- remain positive.