Visual Impairment Detection Program
Ms Sylvie Bilodeau (INLB).
Presentation at the 3rd International SensAge Conference, 23 June 2014: Promoting Active Participation By Ageing People with Sensory Disabilities.
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Type of publication:Presentation
Date of publication:06/23/2014
Publishing organization:Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille (INLB)
In 2008, Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille (INLB) has established a training program on screening for visual impairment in older adults in order to reduce the risk of falling and facilitate access to specialized services. The Visual Impairment Detection Program was developed to implement the priorities identified at the conclusion of a National Fall Prevention Program for seniors living at home sponsored by the provincial government.
Through this program, INLB provides training into the identification of early and systemic visual loss in people aged 75 years and over living at home. Targeted trainees are nurses or other staff members working directly for home-care programs. The trainees learn to use the Visual Impairment Screening questionnaire. This questionnaire, created by Lighthouse International, has been adapted and validated for a French-speaking population.
The questionnaire has proved useful for organizations working with people who have visual impairment. It helps making relevant decisions on the targeting and referral of clients requiring intervention. The great advantage of that instrument lies in the fact that it can be administered by personnel who are not eye specialists and work at day centres, homes for the elderly, etc.
So far, 1300 persons have been trained by the INLB and are thus able to administer the Visual Impairment Screening questionnaire. They have referred over 500 seniors to rehabilitation services for the visually impaired. These services are essential to maintain their autonomy and for them to continue playing an active role in society.