Caregivers with Visual Impairments: A Preliminary Study

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Description: Common functional problems that are associated with vision loss include significant difficulty reading small print and reading and writing checks; decreased facial recognition; a decreased ability to gather, store, and retrieve information; a decreased ability to administer medications; decreased mobility; a greater risk of injury resulting from falls; the inability to drive; and problems with shopping, cleaning, grooming, and other tasks that are dependent on vision (Bailey, 1988; Bullimore, Bailey, & Wacker, 1991; Cahill, Banks, Stinnett, & Toth, 2005; Klein, Moss, Klein, Lee, & Cruickshanks, 2003; Park, 1999). State and federal agencies that serve persons who are visually impaired, including the Department of Veterans Affairs and local aging network resources like the Independent Living Programs, have demonstrated that participation in their programs allowed caregivers to feel more confident in performing daily activities, preparing meals, performing housekeeping tasks, being mobile, and participating in family activities (Kuyk et al., 2004; Maino & Carty, 1983; Moore, Steinman, Giesen, & Frank, 2006).
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