• Around half of blind and partially sighted people live alone. 
  • The majority of people with sight loss say that they require some support with tasks around the home. 
  • People with sight loss are nearly twice as likely to be caring for someone else than the UK average. 

Blind and partially sighted people tell us that they face barriers around practically taking care of oneself and the home. 

The stats above are taken from My Voice and Understanding Society, which both provide information on the domestic and home life of blind and partially sighted people, including information on co-habitants, the types of support and help required, and carer responsibilities. Further research on this topic can be found below.

Falls - costs, numbers and links with visual impairment

This briefing paper considers the evidence concerning the number and cost of falls attributed to partial sightedness and blindness. Published 2011.

Care homes falls prevention project

As part of a review of its own policies, RNIB commissioned ARUP to conduct desk research on falls management in care homes for the elderly, looking particularly at the specific needs of older people who are blind or partially sighted. Published 2011.