A care home worker putting a cup of tea into an elderly woman's hands

If you work with older people, this section offers information resources, services and products that can help you in your role.

Our population is ageing. Although it can affect anyone at any time, losing our sight becomes increasingly likely as we get older. More than two million people in the UK are living with sight loss. This includes:

  • One in five people over 75 years old.
  • One in two people over 90 years old.

Supporting older people in the community

This section gives information about how to support older blind and partially sighted people in the community. 

We have produced a guide, with Age UK, to adapting services for older people with sight loss. It focuses on how to support older people with sight loss to access services, how to adapt environments in services to be more accessible, and it outlines some of our key services that could benefit the people you work with.

Top tip cards

We've produced a range of handy tip cards to help you to better support older people living with sight loss. These cards, which are in accessible PDF format, provide helpful pointers for communicating with older people with sight loss and signs for identifying sight loss. There are also tips for mealtimes and supporting people in their homes, which can help to boost a person's confidence and independence.

Podcast series

RNIB's older people and complex needs team has recorded a series of podcasts giving information and advice on a variety of topics for older people living with sight loss and those who support adults with complex needs including learning disability, dementia and stroke survivors.

The first podcast in the series focuses on promoting eye health in older people and later editions discuss sight loss and the home environment, providing helpful ideas for increasing independence and mobility. 

Find out more about the supporting people with sight loss podcast series.

Products for older people

With support and the right products, many older people with sight loss and other disabilities like hearing loss, dementia and limited mobility can remain independent. RNIB has more than 1,300 specially selected products available from our online shop, many with large print instructions that have been clearly and concisely written.

Dementia and sight loss

Visit our dementia and sight loss web page, which contains resources to help professionals working with people who have dementia and sight loss, including FAQs, factsheets and top tips.