How can we help?
Our sensory impairment service is a specialist service that promotes the independence of people with a sight and/or hearing loss. It maintains the register of sensory impaired adults in Worcestershire and supports individuals to maintain or regain independence by providing specialist equipment and/or rehabilitation and mobility training.
The service aims to:
- assess your individual needs focussing on visual impairment issues
- provide focussed planning to enable individuals to maintain or regain independence
- provide specialist equipment
- provide rehabilitation support to enable individuals to complete daily living tasks independently
- provide training to include cooking skills and communication skills such as Braille etc
- provide surroundings awareness and mobility training, indoors and outdoors
- maintain the register of visually impaired and/or hearing impaired people in Worcestershire
- provide carers assessments
- provide adult protection assessments and workflow
- provide mental capacity assessments
- identify and refer onto community social work teams for personal budgets or provision of care services
- provide volunteers to support service users with a dual sensory impairment where there is availability
- refer on to other appropriate teams or agencies for ongoing support.
Who is eligible for the Visual Impairment Service?
The individual must be:
- Ordinarily Resident in Worcestershire
- Be aged 18 or over
- Agree to the referral being made
- Meet 'Fair Access to Care Services' criteria
- Must have a sight loss that cannot be corrected and is diagnosed by a consultant/GP/Optometrist or
- be Certified/Registered partially sighted/sight impaired or blind/severely sight impaired
How to be referred to the service
You can ask for help yourself or you may ask someone such as a relative, friend or health professional to contact us on your behalf. In the first instance contact should be made with the Adult Duty Team or a Customer Services Advisor at the Access Centre.
Tel: 0845 607 2000