Assessment and Rehabilitation

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Our professionally qualified rehabilitation officers can offer you an assessment and help you adjust to losing your sight.

Following an assessment of need, they will teach you new skills or enhance old ones to enable you to stay independent at home or in the community. They can also offer advice and guidance on equipment and assistive technology that may be of benefit to you.

This could involve simple changes, such as lighting or magnification, advice on kitchen safety, such as pouring, chopping and peeling and using the cooker, or techniques to help with reading / writing or using the telephone. They can also provide training to help you travel independently and work with you to learn new routes, use public transport and use canes if required.

Our assessment and rehabilitation team will:

  • Visit you to chat about the problems you are experiencing due to your sight loss
  • Let you know about the support and other services available from Vista
  • Teach you life skills for being independent at home, such as preparing food / cooking, making drinks safely
  • Teach you how to enhance your skills, such as preparing food  / cooking and also travelling independently through mobility training and the use of canes including the use of public transport if required
  • Provide communication advice for large print, Braille, magnification and audio formats to ensure you can access your own mail and personal information
  • Conduct a home assessment for magnifiers to aid with reading
  • Conduct an assessment if required for electronic magnifers
  • Demonstrate "over shields" to cut out glare
  • Assess your lighting needs within the house and also for directorial lighting for closer viewing

This is a service for individuals who are registered as Severely Sighted or Partially Sighted. However support may still be available if you are not registered – please contact our Helpline for more information.

Case studies

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The equipment has opened up a new world for me, and the knowledge Brian has given me is invaluable.

Dylan was diagnosed at fourteen years old with Stargardt’s Macular Dystrophy. She was very unfamiliar with technology, but was too afraid to try anything new.

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It felt amazing to be able to drive, I’d rate the experience 1,000 stars.

Cameron, 12, was born with sight loss and his vision is very limited. He said “I’d like if I could see a bit better, because I can sometimes do things on my own but sometimes I need help.”

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