Independent Living

Bob Beck and Carl Thompson making a cup of tea

A rehabilitation officer's story: Tea and biscuits
Whenever I visit Jim he's always the perfect host: the kettle is already on, he knows I like my tea strong with just a little milk, and he always has chocolate biscuits or cream buns to offer.

Jim is one of our veterans. He has very little sight but he continues to lead an independent life in his own home.

Failing to offer a cup of tea to a visitor would never occur to him.

Everyday tasks
There are simple techniques for everyday living that can take a bit of practice. This can be anything from working out the correct money in a shop to using kitchen knives, and from keeping track of appointments to catching trains.

We may recommend simple tricks, like rubber bands to show what is in a tin. Sometimes we introduce our members to helpful technology, like smartphones. Our officers help find the right approach and the right equipment.

A simple solution
Pick a tin of baked beans and a tin of peaches out of the kitchen cupboard: same size, same weight. How can you tell them apart if you can't read the label? Picking the wrong tin would certainly make for a memorable dessert!

A 'Talking Tin Lid' that's held onto the can with a magnet will help; or just a rubber band placed around the tin - one band for beans, none for peaches. Sometimes the simplest solution is the best.

If you know of a veteran with sight loss

please download an application form or apply online.

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