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Imagine that there is a blind spot smack dab in the middle of this paragraph. What if you had multiple blind spots or vision that was slowly disappearing from the outside in to create tunnel vision. The world around you is now different, missing. Ensight works with people to find that world again.

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Watercolor Painting Class

Class

Crime & Legal 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Blind & Vision Impaired
Disabled
General population
People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities

Description

Ensight offers a weekly instructional, water color painting class! It does not matter the participants level of skill. We welcome anyone who is visually impaired and interested in painting/art!

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Evidence of Program's Success

Matter of Balance

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizen
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Blind & Vision Impaired
General Public

Description

Ensight will begin offering Matter of Balance Classes adapted for those who are visually impaired starting in Fall 2014.

Many older adults experience a fear of falling. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults.

A Matter of Balance includes eight two-hour sessions for a small group led by a trained facilitator. This nationally recognized program was developed at the Roybal Center at Boston University.

During the class, participants learn to:

View falls as controllable
Set goals for increasing activity
Make changes to reduce fall risk at home
Exercise to increase strength and balance

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Evidence of Program's Success

Betty Robertson of Bedford Heights, Ohio, is proud of each and every one of her eighty-seven years, and she's happy to share that with you. When Bill Starkey, Coordinator of Senior Services at the Jimmy Dimora Community Center, decided to introduce a Matter of Balance class to local seniors, Betty thought it sounded like a good idea to join the new group. And her doctor agreed.

The MOB group totaled 15 people, and they fast became like family. They shared coffee, tea and special snacks together... while they learned key strategies to help them stay sure-footed and safer in their own homes. Betty likens the group to a team where each person looks out for the next. The group was so at ease with each other that discussions on bringing them back to mentor Starkey's next class have taken place. Betty is quite sure they could teach the next group a number of helpful hints.

Betty worked for thirty years in the meat department in her hometown grocery store. She spent a lot of time on her feet, and knows she has arthritis as a result. She saw the class as a way to learn how to take even better care of herself, and to help alleviate some of her arthritis pain. Betty also exercises in the pool twice a week.

Betty likes the fact that she lives independently and takes care of her own home and garden. She happily shared some of the tips she keeps with her every day. She always sits upright in her chair, and takes every opportunity to do the seated exercises the group learned in the class. She works her toes, her shoulders and makes a point of crossing her legs at the ankle instead of the knee (this helps with circulation issues).

Becky said that the class has really helped her think about her health. She pays attention to how she walks, how she holds her shoulders and how she sits - spine to the back of the chair, if you please.

Becky ended our interview with a simple thought:

"Anyone can benefit from this class. Anyone. Young or old - take the class. You will learn from it."

Onsite Low Vision Assessments

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Blind & Vision Impaired
Children ages 5 to 21
Disabled

Description

Ensight Onsite Low Vision Assessment

Every year our outreach coordinator and staff meet thousands of individuals who are suffering from severe vision loss and are seeking help and resources. Many are excited to hear about the low vision rehab program that Ensight offers as well as the other resources we can give them information on. The truth of the matter is though that many of these individuals will never get the help that they need from Ensight or anywhere else. Many of the people do not drive. To a person who does not drive, travel becomes a burden and perhaps a sore spot, especially if they have recently lost their driving ability. Asking friends and family is a way that a majority of individuals get to appointments and run errands, however many do not feel comfortable asking for rides. This makes setting up another appointment and travel to and from very stressful to potential clients. By creating a mobile program Ensight strives to eliminate the extra stress that comes with setting up travel to one of our clinics. The Onsite program goes where the clients are and provides the same excellent quality of care right there in their home environment.
With this program we can reach more people and offer them a chance to lead safe, self-sufficient lives, and improve quality of life. Below is a description of what the low vision assessment involves. This will be taking place where the client lives.
• Low-vision eye exams performed by a Doctor of Optometry: Our Optometrist meets with the patient on average for one hour to really get to know the patient and their vision. The Dr. will work to locate the patients remaining vision and best usable vision. The Dr. will also prescribe optical and non-optical devices, and/or assistive technology equipment to optimize residual vision and rehabilitation training. The Dr. also makes sure that the patient is educated on his/her diagnosis and understands what is going on with their vision and their vision loss.
• The next step is a medical and lifestyle intake with a Registered Occupational Therapist, low-vision specialist to determine current problems, assess life skills and vision needs, and set goals. Followed by personalized training, implementation of care plan and use of prescribed low-vision devices, techniques, strategies and appropriate referrals. The occupational therapist also determines the need for in home visits and how the patient will best reach their set goals. This appointment is on average one hour as well. The OT sits with the patient and gets to know them and their struggles because everyone is different and they want to find what works best for the patient.
• Low vision assessment is covered by Medicare/Medicaid major insurance including Kaiser. If these are not options Ensight offers financial assistance. The patient can let us know and we will set them up with the appropriate paper work.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Ensight considers evidence of program success to be a documented increase in individuals who are low vision that are enrolled in Ensight's Low Vision Rehabilitation Program. The addition of our Onsite program will allow for greater access to our services from our clients.

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