If you experience any form of sensory loss then there are a number of options for you to get advice information and support.
You can contact your registered GP who can refer to you to an eye or hearing specialist who can determine:
- the significance of your problems
- point you in the direction of gaining a greater understanding of your situation
- support you to register as blind, partial sighted or deaf
If you have a sensory impairment or are experiencing sensory loss, you may be able to access support to help you live your life.
The Department of Health has set out very clear policy guidelines regarding the care and support for deafblind children and adults. This policy outlines the responsibility local authorities have to people who are deafblind.
Sense is a national charity that specifically supports people who are deafblind. They produce free, easy to use resources for family members and staff that support older people with dual sensory loss.
They also offer support for families and carers by:
- finding out whether a relative has duel sensory loss through their ‘fill the gaps checklist’
- helping them to understand what the person with duel sensory loss may be going through
You can contact them via:
- email - firstname.lastname@example.org (Opens in a new window)
- telephone - 0300 330 9256 (available from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday)
- textphone - 0300 330 9256
Deafblind UK support people with combined sight and hearing loss to live the lives they want. They can support you to:
- take back control after a diagnosis
- require additional support to help you do the things you love
- somebody to turn to when you are feeling low
- provide information and advice
You can contact them via telephone on 01733 358 100