What is Sensory Impairment?
Sensory impairment is when one of your senses, such as sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste or spatial awareness, is no longer working as it should. Sensory impairment is most commonly affected when someone is either partially or severely sight or hearing impaired.
When our sight or hearing is not operating as effectively as it should, this can cause difficulties communicating and a lot of frustration for someone having to deal with a sensory disability. Because of this, it is important that friends, family and carers are at all times mindful of this disability and try always to communicate effectively.
Sensory Impairment Care
Our carers are experienced in dealing with people with a range of sensory disabilities, both old and young. Due to this experience and training, carers are always vigilant when caring for clients with a sensory impairment by being mindful of things such as looking out for any potential dangers or trip hazards in the home or talking face on, so that lips can be read, or gestures interpreted.
A number of people with dementia will often have some form of sensory impairment, which can cause additional difficulties in communication. Sometimes hearing or sight loss can be age-related – it is important that regular appointments are kept with hearing and sight specialists to ensure glasses and hearing aids are working at their most effective. Our carers will ensure these appointments are kept and can even help with attendance. In the course of their duties, they will monitor to see if any impairment worsens and they will feedback and let you know if they feel your loved one should see a specialist.
Caring For A Person with Sensory Impairment
We understand it can be challenging and demanding caring for someone with a sensory disability, as much as it can be frustrating for them in trying to communicate – particularly if they are also dealing with dementia. Our carers are on hand to assist you in caring for your loved one on either a part-time or full-time basis. We can even provide live-in home care, so your loved one can have round the clock care and support.
Our carers are trained in providing a professional standard of care and we aim to match our carers and clients; this is so they can develop a supportive professional relationship. Our sensory impairment care is aimed at making life easier for our clients who we feel should always be supported and listened to – whilst their needs and demands met.
Dual-Sensory Impairment Care
Dual-sensory impairment is when someone is deafblind, this can be with varying degrees of severity but means someone has both a sight and hearing impairment meaning one of the senses cannot compensate for the other, making communication extremely difficult.
We have carers experienced in this type of care to be able to provide the best and most sensitive care for this kind of disability. Our carers are trained in the most effective and sympathetic ways to care and communicate with deafblind people and make them feel reassured and safe.
At Home Care for Sensory Impairment
Whether you need part-time or full-time care for someone with a sensory impairment, we can provide a care package to suit your needs – whether you need a little assistance or need someone to take on full care responsibilities we are here and ready to help. We can also provide a live-in carer if this is something you need to maintain full-time care and support.
You don’t need to face this alone, whether you are someone who needs care or care for someone with sensory impairment. Our carers are friendly, professional and fully-trained and happy to help with whatever aspects of care or support you need.