Working with older people

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. Over two million people in the UK are living with sight loss. This includes:

  • one in five over 75 years old
  • one in two 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. Here you will find our guide to adapting services for people with sight loss, as well as sign posting to some of our key services that could benefit the people you work with.

Adapting your services for people with sight loss

We have produced a guide, with Age UK, to adapting services for older people with sight loss: 

Top tip cards

Handy tips to support people living with sight loss.

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 over 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 section, which contains resources to help professionals working with people who have dementia and sight loss, including FAQs, factsheets and top tips. The section also signposts to information about sight loss and other conditions.