Supporting people with sight loss - Podcast series
This podcast series is essential listening for those who support older people living with sight loss, people with sight loss and professionals working in the field of complex needs.
Iain Kennedy and June Neil, from RNIB's older people and complex needs team, have recorded the series to offer advice and support to carers and highlight the challenges presented by sight loss in older people and people with complex needs.
These podcasts - each less than 15 minutes long - should have something for everyone. But, they should be useful listening, in particular, for older people living with sight loss as well as those family members, friends and carers who support them, as well as anyone who supports and helps adults with complex needs - both in a home or care setting.
Podcast 1: Promoting eye health in older people
Some 1.2 million people over the age of 75 live with sight loss, which can develop gradually. Iain and June discuss why it is so important for people to have regular eye health checks, and how to go about accessing eye care. Did you know that half of sight loss cases are preventable if caught early?
One in five people over 75, and one in two over 90, are living with sight loss so it is really important for everyone to go for regular health checks so the warning signs can be caught early. In this podcast Iain and June suggest the best questions you should ask at your eye exam, so you can get the most out of the appointment.
Podcast 3: Supporting an adult with complex needs at an eye exam
People with complex needs are 10 times more likely than the general population to be living with sight loss. In this podcast Iain shares his advice for supporting an adult with complex needs at the eye exam.
Podcast 6: Technology to support older people at home
In this podcast Hannah Rowlatt, Technology for Life co-ordinator at RNIB, talks about the different ways technology can be used to support independence in the home for people living with sight loss, smart devices and how to use them and how to get support to learn how to use technology.
Podcast 7: The impact of sight loss in people with dementia
Quarter of a million people in the UK live with dementia and sight loss. In this podcast, June chats with Dr Barbara Sharp, Policy and Practice Consultant with Alzheimer Scotland, about the impact of living with dementia and sight loss. They explore how some types of dementia can have sight-related issues.
Podcast 8: Enhancing communication in people with dementia and sight loss
In their second podcast on the challenges people living with dementia and sight loss can face, June and Dr Barbara Sharp, Policy and Practice Consultant with Alzheimer Scotland, share their advice about the ways communication can be improved.
Chats about Apps - a podcast series introducing easily accessible technology
Technology is a great enabler but we know it can also be daunting for people, particularly older people, to get to grips with. This series of six podcasts, produced by RNIB's Older People and Complex Needs team and supported by our Technology for Life team, explores the range of simple apps which can be used in everyday life to support people with sight loss.
We believe older people, carers and health and social care staff will find them a worthwhile listen.
Technology 1: Apps - an introduction
Do you know what an app is and what apps can be used for? There are many apps available and some are incredibly useful, with a variety of uses including listening to music, helping to find train times and communicating with friends and family. There are apps to help magnify print and many more. In this podcast, Linzi and Hannah discuss what an app is and some of the key features of apps.
Apps are used by some people every day to keep in contact and communicate with friends, family and work colleagues. To find out more about some examples of apps which can help with keeping in touch, listen to Hannah sharing some helpful examples.
Many apps are available for entertainment uses for all ages. From word game apps, jigsaw apps, apps to listen to music and many more. In this podcast, Hannah shares some examples of popular apps for providing entertainment.
What apps are already built into your smart phone, or other mobile devices, to help with life admin tasks? Hannah discusses with Linzi some apps which are already built-in to some devices and how they can be useful. They can also be downloaded to give a boost to everyday living, including tools such as calendar reminders, address books, notes and much more.
There are many apps available to help assist with planning journeys, buying public transport tickets and checking live bus or train times. Hannah shares some examples in this podcast of some apps she has used and apps which other people use to help them get out and about.