Good Practice Guidelines for Older People with Dual Sensory Loss

This document sets out good practice guidelines for social and health

care services in relation to older people for whom the normal ageing process is further complicated by a significant degree of dual sensory loss. 

CONTENTS


THE DEAFBLIND PERSONS' CHARTER


1 INTRODUCTION 

1.1 Purpose of the document

1.2 What do we mean by dual sensory loss?

1.3 Who are older deafblind people?

1.4 Background to the document

1.5 The philosophy behind services for deafblind people


2 GETTING STARTED - THE NEED FOR BETTER PROVISION 

2.1 Acknowledging the need

2.2 Raising awareness

2.3 Deciding to respond

2.4 Identifying and locating users

2.5 Auditing current services

2.6 Consulting users and their carers and families

Key questions


3 SETTING UP NEW SERVICES 

3.1 Introduction 

3.2 Devising a strategy for implementation

3.3 Assessment and care management

3.4 Services and solutions

 3.4.8 Specialist assessment

 3.4.10 Communicator-Guide or Guide-Help schemes

 3.4.14 Specialist equipment

3.5 Support for carers and families 

3.6 Consultation with users

3.7 Implications for training

3.8 Planning and securing resources

Key questions


4 DEVELOPING EXISTING SENSORY SERVICES 

4.1 Introduction 

4.2 Making use of existing services

 4.2.1 Using registers

 4.2.3 Using form BD8

 4.2.4 Joint assessments

 4.2.6 Referral systems

 4.2.7 Checking what workers know

4.3 Training requirements

 4.3.3 What should be taught?

 4.3.6 Who should do the work? 

 4.3.7 Training materials available

Key questions


5 MAKING GENERAL SERVICES AVAILABLE TO DEAFBLIND USERS 

5.1 Introduction 

5.2 Social welfare services

 5.2.1 Home care

 5.2.3 Day care

 5.2.4 Residential care

5.3 Health services

 5.3.2 Recognising the importance of dual sensory loss

 5.3.5 Providing awareness training

 5.3.7 Developing sensitive services 

 5.3.10 Specific measures

 5.3.11 GP services

 5.3.12 Visual disability services

 5.3.13 Hearing disability services 

 5.3.14 Hospital services

5.4 Information about services

 5.4.2 Giving information to users

 5.4.5 The role of advocacy

5.5 Using Guide-Helps to access services

5.6 Using interpreters to access services 

Key questions


6 SECURING THE SERVICE 

6.1 Introduction 

6.2 Service philosophy

6.3 Keeping awareness on the agenda

6.4 Identifying need

6.5 Monitoring and evaluation

6.6 Staff support and development

6.7 Gaining public commitment to services

6.8 Resources 

Key questions



APPENDICES

1 Three case histories

2 The pilot work of local authorities and health authorities

3 Publications, resources and contacts 

4 Job description for a deafblind Communicator-Guide or Guide-Help

5 Screening Sheet for an Individual with BOTH Poor Vision and Hearing

Difficulties

Date: 06/01/1995
Author: no author
Organization: Deafblind UK
Reference: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130107105354/http:/www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/@dh/@
Only for Members: No
Content type: Good practises
Tags: deafblindness, senior generation
Categories: Overall support