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Eight Ways Caregivers Assist Seniors with Glaucoma

By Debbie Humphrey

As I look ahead to another New Year, I do so with anticipation and excitement of what lies ahead. Unfortunately, seniors with glaucoma and other visual impairments in Pasco and Pinellas Counties may approach this New Year with fear and anxiety.

Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the optic nerve. There is no cure for glaucoma, and seniors over 60 are at greatest risk of developing this condition. Current studies indicate a higher percentage of these cases in Florida, which stands to reason considering the large population of migrant seniors, along with the number of aging adults who reside here year-round.

There are many types of glaucoma, but the end result of this horrible affliction is loss of vision. Some types of this disease render a gradual loss of vision, while one type can cause legal blindness very quickly. It doesn’t matter which type you have, the prognosis is the same: vision loss.

Since January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, and my line of work is matching compassionate caregivers to help seniors, the disabled and the suffering, it’s important to share ways these professionals can help glaucoma patients and the visually impaired who cannot see well enough to perform even basic activities of daily living, including taking medications and applying prescribed eye drops to treat their glaucoma.

Moreover, if you combine vision loss with memory issues, a senior suffering with glaucoma may not remember to take the meds that are essential to slow the progression of vision loss.

A professional caregiver can assist seniors with glaucoma by:

  • Carefully applying prescribed eye drops
  • Gently reminding them to take their medications
  • Assisting with transportation needs, including trips to the optometrist’s office for annual eye exams, which are recommended for everyone over the age of 50
  • Shopping for groceries and household necessities
  • Preparing healthy, nutritious meals
  • Performing light housework, including laundry
  • Helping with personal hygiene
  • Providing companionship so they don’t feel alone or depressed

I am more than happy to offer a FREE consultation with you or your elderly loved one to assess individual needs and perfectly match a caregiver to help with these services and more for an improved quality of life.

Home Helpers® is honored to have received the Provider of Choice 2017 & 2018 awards from Home Care Pulse, and we proudly serve male and female seniors with Glaucoma in Clearwater, Dunedin, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor, Tarpon Springs, Holiday, New Port Richey, Trinity, Port Richey, Hudson and surrounding areas. Home Helpers®…Making Life Easier℠  727.942.2539

Source: US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health