Visual impairment

There are a variety of ways that you can adapt your home to enable independent living with a visual impairment.  Different eye conditions affect people in different ways.  The RNIB have produced useful suggestions for potential changes that can be made around the home and surrounding environment.  Also on this webpage are video clips of personal accounts from visually impaired individuals who have made specific adaptations to their homes:

The Thomas Pocklington Trust produce a practical guide to improving the existing homes of people with sight loss. It aims to support planned maintenance, replacements and refurbishment of the homes of people with sight loss and one-off adaptations in response to individual needs. It will be useful to people supporting others to live independently in their own homes, including occupational therapists and technical officers and features a comprehensive checklist.

Click on the image below to download the latest Thomas Pocklington Trust guide. This updated 2018 version is also aimed at blind and partially sighted people and their families and friends, providing practical tools and information to help them improve their lighting. 

The Thomas Pocklington Trust website also holds an online guide which aims to share information for visually impaired people who are looking for a new home, seeking to live independently for the first time or experiencing problems in their current accommodation.  It shares personal experiences from visually impaired people who have different life circumstances, provide useful suggestions, and signpost to sources for further advice.

In 2003 Foundations published a good practice guide on Delivering Home Improvement Agency Services to Visually Impaired People. While some of the content is now out of date, chapters 5 and 6 include some useful tips on delivering home adaptations for people with visual impairment.