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A passport to better vision

Eye care before, during and after we visit...

If someone were to ask you just now what you like to do in your free time, we are sure you would be able to give plenty of examples of what interests you.

In fact, chances are that you would give a different answer to the next person asked the same question.

At every stage of life we all have our different hobbies and interests we enjoy in our spare time.

This is still the case in our later years and even if you are living with dementia, it still doesn’t change the fact that each person will have their own favourite ways to enjoy life.

The common misconception is that the elderly or those living with a form of dementia will only have a need for glasses to fulfil one of two things – watching the TV (distance) or reading.

Visioncall know this to not be true and we have a firm belief in helping each person we assist with a new pair of glasses to enjoy whatever specific activities or hobbies they love.

This is a fundamental part of achieving our goal, and that is to enrich people’s lives with better vision.

Living in a care home can give residents a lot of opportunities to find something else to enjoy every day, whether that is trying to complete a crossword or enjoying family photographs.

When we assist someone to help them see better, we want them to be able to participate if they choose to do so, and better vision can be a real enabler for someone.

To make sure that both our opticians and the resident’s carers can have the means to know what activities they enjoy we developed our Lifestyle Passport.

We believe that everyone should be able to understand their sight prescription, which is so important within a care home setting.

The Lifestyle Passport achieves this by clearly showing which activities that person enjoys, how they were tested, what glasses they need for each activity, and information on eye conditions that apply.

This is a far cry from the General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) form you will receive after a standard eye examination, a ‘jargon-heavy’ document which outlines a prescription.

It is usually only of use to an optician, but our Lifestyle Passport gives everyone we assist a user-friendly means of understanding their prescription.

In order to establish what activity the person enjoys we issue a Lifestyle Questionnaire before a test and issuing the Lifestyle Passport.

This gives a person living with dementia, with assistance from relatives or carer, the chance to provide invaluable information on their favourite activities and any mobility issues they have.

Once complete, this is the information our optometrists will use before the test to help them fully engage and connect with the person.

This also allows our optometrists to accurately prescribe spectacles which truly reflect the person’s specific needs.

Once the test is complete we can then explain our recommendations and the person’s prescription with the residential manager or those related to the person.

We do this to make our eyecare as hassle free for everyone involved, giving a professional and succinct explanation of each person’s prescription along the way.

The next time one of our opticians are visiting your care residence, just let them know about who is in charge of the person’s care and we can handle the rest.

From our Lifestyle Passport to our sight test, we will endeavour to deliver the best care for each person before, during and after our visit.

At all stages, Visioncall will inform everyone involved with the person we assist to make sure the best level of care is delivered in relation to their sight.

For more information on how we can help you achieve this in your care residence today, please contact us on 0800 035 6316 or click here