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How Can Senior Care Providers Help Your Aging Adult Cope with Cataracts?

By Denise Roskamp

Cataracts can cause some serious problems for an aging adult. In the beginning, they're not as intrusive. But as they develop, cataracts can significantly diminish what your senior can see, even with increased lighting. One of the best tools that you can put in place for your elderly adult if she has cataracts is a team of senior care providers who can anticipate and meet all of her needs.

They Can Handle the Driving

It might not be easy for your senior to adjust to some of the side effects of having diminished vision, such as being unable to drive when and where she wants to drive. Having senior care providers available for your aging adult means that she doesn't have to wait for transportation. They can handle the driving for her, even on a moment's notice.

Fall Prevention Is Easier

Circumstances can change in your elderly family member's home very quickly. Objects and furniture that weren't obstacles before can become such when her vision isn't working very well. Having home care providers on site keeps fall prevention in the forefront. They can help ensure that your senior's home is free of clutter and that all rugs and flooring are secure.

They Can Make Meal Preparation Easier

Cooking and using knives and other tools just is not easy to do when someone's vision is impaired by cataracts. Extra help from in-home care providers ensures that your elderly family member has healthy, home-cooked meals that fit her dietary needs on a daily basis. Otherwise, your senior may be more likely to rely on processed convenience foods or avoid eating.

They Can Help Your Senior Adjust to Changing Vision

It's dangerous to ignore the emotional implications of changing vision. Your senior may have never had difficulty seeing before this experience and it can be jarring to her. She may feel afraid and uncertain about what happens next. Having someone else around, even just for companionship, can help her to manage these feelings.

Your senior's vision is likely to become worse from cataracts before she's able to have surgery. During this time of change, it's important to make sure that you're meeting all of her needs.

IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING SENIOR CARE IN WESTON, MA, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS TODAY. CALL NOW (508) 545-0164.