Social care is essential for anyone with sight loss.
We're concerned that many blind and partially sighted people are not receiving the social care support they need. There has been a persistent decline in the number of people receiving social care support in England.
See and Plan – Vision rehabilitation support
Vision impairment rehabilitation
provides crucial training and advice to people with a visual impairment on how to maintain and live in their home safely, and how to negotiate the obstacles and risks outside of their home. It provides people with the skills and confidence they need to maximise independence and to access and participate in their community.
Vision rehabilitation services must be better organised so that blind and partially sighted people are seen and have a plan in place within 28 days of their first contact with a local authority.
Read our short briefing to find out more:
Many blind and partially sighted people will also be entitled to care support, this includes having someone to help with certain taksks or the purchasing of more expensive equipment to help maintain independence.
The Care Act came into force in April 2015; the challenge now is to ensure that it is implemented by councils:
What should I expect from my council?
Understanding what support you should expect to receive from your council can be confusing.
Resources for local authorities and councillors
If you work for a local authority, take a look at our updated briefing on how the Care Act should be implemented.