In a crowded room a sighted hearing person sees who is talking to them and hears what they are saying. A deaf person may use their vision to lipread what others are saying. But if they lose their sight as well, how will they know someone is trying to communicate and what they are trying to say?
As a Carer of someone with a Sensory Impairment, you have a uniquely challenging role to perform. Instead of sight and hearing, the senses of touch, body awareness, balance, taste and smell are used to give the person you care for access to information, develop communication, and understand the world. (Source – Sense website 2014).
The person you care for may find their isolation frustrating, especially if the reason for the sensory impairment is not a lifelong condition. They may have previously been used to living an independent and socially rich life and now they can’t. This is something that both you, the Carer and the person you care fore will need to work through, as you will now have someone who is very dependent on you, and is the level of dependency is likely to increase as time goes on.
Finding support groups and clubs where new skills can be learned, support and social interaction can be given is often key to coping with the challenge you both face.