If you are going to have a houseguest who is visually impaired, there are some things you should buy or rent that will make their stay more comfortable. While these items may seem simple enough, they are probably not going to be on the shelves at the local department store. Take a trip to a medical supply store, like Alaska Mobility, a few days in advance of their arrival so you can be sure to get what you need. Most locations can have anything not in stock shipped to them within a day or so. Here are just a few things you should pick up.
While it may not seem like a big deal, but a liquid level indicator can help someone with a visual impairment know when to stop pouring. This can be especially helpful in avoiding spills when they refill their glass from a pitcher or jug from the refrigerator. You may want to rent a talking microwave with braille on the buttons. This will give your guest the ability to heat up or prepare meals if they will be alone during part of their stay.
Your guest knows their own home very well. They probably also have a routine for where things get placed. However, in your home, they may have trouble locating items that are frequently left around such as a television or stereo system remote, their own cell phone or a cordless handset, keys, and a purse or wallet. You can rent an item locator that adheres to a wall or appliance. There will be tabs or small buttons that stick to the items to be located. Simply press a button on the locator and listen for a beep from the tab or button on the item.
Having a clock on a beside table is something most people take for granted. When the person is visually impaired, a normal clock is not going to be very helpful. However, you can place a talking clock on the table for them to use while visiting. A simple push of a button will have a voice speaking the correct time.
When your guest arrives, take the time to walk them through the house so they can get around on their own. Make sure not to move any furniture or leave things scattered about during their stay. The few items mentioned may not seem important to you, but it shows the person that you took the time to make their stay more comfortable, and that you care.Share