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Sensory Impairment Care in Essex
Sensory impairment refers to any condition that adversely affects one of the five senses. This can include difficulties with hearing or vision, as well as more severe impairments. Some people are born with these conditions, while others develop them over the years.
Impairment of the senses affects everyone differently. Depending on the severity, some people may develop additional problems, such as reduced mobility or trouble communicating. Should this occur, they will need assistance with their day-to-day needs. In such cases, Michael Rgis Care can offer support services to ensure they are well looked after and can continue living in a safe environment.
What Are Supportive Living Services?
Supportive living services are available if someone’s senses are impaired to the point where they need assistance. Our care staff are on hand to ensure that individuals suffering from an impairment receive enough assistance to carry out their day-to-day tasks. This can include transport to and from appointments, relaying information, and so on. All supportive services are catered to everyone’s individual needs to ensure they can live their life to the fullest.
What is Assisted Living?
Assisted living offers a particular type of housing that has been adapted to fulfil the needs of a sensory impaired individual. This can include extra handles in bathrooms and other areas of the home, wet rooms, and other facilities to help with daily tasks. Each home is specially designed to allow the individual to move around safely. Our carers are on hand to provide services such as cleaning, cooking, and making sure medication is taken on time. All care services are tailored to the needs of the occupant so they can continue living independently.
Types of Sensory Impairment
Some of the common tasks that carers can help dementia patients with:
- Vision Impairment: This involves loss of vision to the point where an individual has difficulty identifying objects or people. These people often find it hard to navigate their environment and require supportive devices such as walking canes or guide dogs. As such, they may require assistance with getting around as well as with general tasks such as cooking and cleaning.
- Hearing Impairment: This can range from only being able to hear loud voices or noises to being completely unable to hear at all. Depending on hearing loss severity, the individual may still be able to speak or communicate with sign language. In such cases, the individual may need someone to help them communicate with others.
- Dual Sensory Loss: Some individuals may suffer both hearing loss and vision loss. In such cases, their ability to communicate or carry out daily activities will be greatly impacted. As such, these individuals will need special care to ensure their needs are met.
- Sensory Processing Disorder: Some individuals may have difficulty processing sensory information. This can either make them feel overwhelmed and anxious or unable to react appropriately. This can include poor coordination, reduced sensation when touching objects, and feeling irritated by certain sounds or lights. In such cases, an individual might need assistance to help them cope with various daily tasks.
- Getting in and out of bed and moving around the house.
- Assistance with dressing & undressing clothing.
- Cooking and meal preparation, whilst offering healthy and nutritious choices.
- Assistance with medication management.
- Bathroom assistance.
- Personal care such as bathing, showering, shaving, hair washing & application of any medicated ointment & skin care creams.
- Ensuring the home is safe and free of obstacles or any dangerous objects.
- Support and encouragement if the individual is feeling confused or upset.
- Helping with activities such as exercise, hobbies, and socialising.
- Performing or assisting with housework, pet care, shopping, and other daily duties.
- Diffusing situations where the individual feels distressed and acts aggressively.
- General companionship.
Michael Rgis Dementia Care
Here at Michael Rgis Care, our team of carers have extensive training and experience in sensory impairment care. Providing support tailored to patient needs. Get in touch with us today to find out more.