Preserve your self-determination by reducing clutter.
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Change is scary. We've all heard that more than a few times. But, when dealing with a change in vision, the reality is that everyday life can become scary, or even unfamiliar.
In Vision Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT), the goal is to get you back on your feet, and to be safe and independent in your own home (and beyond). This requires getting a hand on your personal organization and recognizing where a little extra help can go a long way.
What You Can Do
I promise you will reduce your frustration and stress levels by just starting to get rid of clutter. I know, it can be hard just to START. Make yourself accountable by asking a friend or family member to "be-your-eyes" - especially if you feel nervous about getting rid of papers and such. A great way to systemize this is by simply choosing a room each week. Spend time recycling items that you haven't used in the last few years, and get rid of them.
The reason for this is functional. The less clutter and useless stuff you have around, the less you have to think (or question yourself) when you REALLY need to find something. Low vision can make it tiresome, or even painful when we are asking our eyes to work hard to identify objects we need. So, start by getting rid of the objects you don't need so that you can just KNOW where your personal items are ( = reduced stress! ).
The next step is to create systems of organization that make sense to YOU. An example of this (that many of us do already) is to assign a dresser drawer to a specific clothing garment. Clear spatial and tactile designations such as this can be applied in every room of your home or apartment.
Think about the kitchen. Are drawers piled up with miscellaneous tools? After you've cleaned out the junk, drawer dividers can be an excellent tool to keep items separate, and make for EFFICIENT (read: stress-free) access.
Bring In Back-Up
Seeking Out Help
There are some tasks that are just better left to others. You know better than anyone which tasks you either dislike, aren't quite "skilled" in, or just add to your frustration. These can be services provided by Home Health Aides, or paid-for services provided by your local community:
- Cleaning Services
- Laundry Services
- Meal-Delivery Programs
- Visting Nurse Services
- Transportation Services
- Consulting or Freelance Services
- Social Work, Psychological or Medical Care
"Natural Supports" is another term for those people in your family, community and extended network who are naturally already providing you with help. These people intrinsically care about your well-being, and are just a phone call away. It's important to call on your natural support system during periods of change, and these natural supports may be the people for you to call on that can connect you with professional services that can expand your sense of empowerment and quality of life.