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June 14, 2016

Tips for Helping a Senior Veteran with Vision Loss Enjoying Family Outings

Senior Care Cicero IL

Senior Care Cicero IL

Going out on adventures with your elderly veteran parent is a fantastic way to make any day more special and to create memories with them that you can carry with you long after your senior care journey comes to an end. If your parent is dealing with vision loss, however, this experience can be stressful. Preparing ahead of time can help your loved to feel more confident going into the experience, and can give them the tools that they need to manage their limitations and challenges throughout the experience.

Use these tips to help your senior veteran parent with vision loss enjoy family outings more through careful preparation:

  • Evaluate activities in advance. Before you head to a location, consider the activities that are available and determine if they may pose extra challenges to your parent due to their low vision. This might influence you to change the activities that you had planned, or could simply mean that you need to make further preparations, such as making sure that you bring along a mobility aid to address low lighting conditions and reduce fall risk
  • Bring along assistive devices. When you leave the home, bring along assistive devices in your parent’s day bag. Small flashlights, magnifiers, and illuminated reading glasses can help your parent to address their low vision in ways that are appropriate to your activities, such as helping them to read a menu or making it easier to see obstacles when playing miniature golf
  • Make decisions ahead of time. One very common challenge for senior vetterans with low vision is not being able to read a menu confidently and comfortably. This can be stressful and embarrassing for your parent, and may even discourage them from wanting to go out to eat because they do not want to feel as though they are a burden or that they are causing any difficulties. Address this by reading the menu to that particular restaurant online before you go out. Most restaurants have up to date menus easily accessible right on their website. This allows you and your parent to browse the options together and make selections. That way when you go to the restaurant your parent will not have to read the menu to find something that they like. Be sure that they choose a few different options so that if their first choice is not available they still have something that they can order and enjoy.

For veterans who are coping with vision loss, senior care can be a meaningful choice. An senior home care service provider can be there with your parent to help them enjoy more experiences in their life by helping them to address their specific limitations and challenges, including low vision. This will motivate them to stay more active and engage more in the world around them. It can also give you peace of mind that your parent is still enjoying a high quality of life even while coping with issues such as low vision.

If you or an aging loved one are considering in-home Senior Care Services in Cicero IL, please contact the caring staff at Big Hearts Home Care today! 

Matthew Calcagno

Matthew is a graduate of Robert Morris College and is a U.S. Navy veteran.Matthew founded Big Hearts Home Care after over a decade at HP. Spending time volunteering at his grandparent’s senior center inspired him to make a bigger difference in the quality of care seniors receive.His grandfather whom turned 100 in 2015 is still a major inspiration to him in seeing that service is provided with a family focused touch.

It is his passion and commitment to providing quality service that has awarded Big Hearts Home Care as Provider of Choice and Employer of Choice in the Chicagoland area. He believes that being an independently owned and operated company allows him the flexibility to manage the business in a way that better serves the clients.


"Helping people is what I was meant to do; it inspires and motivates me," Calcagno said. "I also get to help veterans - assisting them in the VA pension process and providing care for several in the area. This is what I love to do."

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