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Loc’s handy tips and home hacks – Living Well

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For many people who’ve lost their sight, whether gradually or suddenly, it can be a minefield adjusting to life with limited vision. Our Living Well program can give you practical advice and tips so you can find day-to-day-tasks easier.

One of the participants on our most recent course was 54-year-old Loc Tang. He completed the six-week course calling it ‘extremely informative, very useful and a great way to make new friends.’

Loc sitting in his study with his guitar , holding it upright
Loc has incorporated velcro markings in his kitchen and on his guitar

“It was during my orientation and mobility sessions with my therapist, that she mentioned the course. Glaucoma gradually destroyed my optic nerve which left me legally blind.”

I needed to adapt to my changing circumstances and regain some of my confidence, so I signed up

Loc Tang
VisAbility Client

Apps and devices

Loc was keen to take on board any tips and advice because he wants to get back into the workforce. He was employed by Pfizer for 22 years as a chemist having graduated many years ago from Curtin University.

One of the key things he really appreciated on the course was learning about apps and assistive technology to help him to get around in the future.

“The course facilitator Rebecca told me about the Moovit app. It gives me the best accessible routes to travel around Perth and WA. The information is given to me verbally and payments can be made through the app,’’ he explains.

Close up of a phone with Moovit on screen showing directions to get to a music hall
The Moovit app is great for people with vision impairment. Picture courtesy of Moovit.

People with vision loss rely on public transport, but finding which bus stand your bus is departing from can be tricky. Learning about the Busport app during the course has been really useful.

“Busport lets me know when my bus is due, whether it’s running on time and from which stand it’s departing. I use this so often to get around Perth city now.’’

Practical tips

Sight loss can bring many challenges. Many clients with limited vision say it can be constantly frustrating knowing where they’ve left important, everyday items. The Living Well program includes practical tips to overcome this problem.

A brightly coloured box in one permanent spot with house keys and small, important items like pens and a mobile phone is a great solution. It means all those essentials are in one place. Of course all the items need to go back in that same place.

Make it bold, bright and big – that was the message. I’m a bit of a gardener so I have created a bucket which is colourful and full of my gardening tools and I know where it is at all times.

Loc Tang
VisAbility client
Rebecca deonstrates how a device on your cup can ensure you never too much liquid into a cup.
There’s a range of useful appliances to help

“It’s all about being organised, doing things in a systematic way. I put Velcro stickers on household appliances to assist me, such as the microwave or cooker, these tactile markers are so beneficial,” he adds.

Loc is putting into practise all that’s he’s learnt on the Living Well program. He calls it a great confident booster.

“In all honesty I was hesitant about doing this course but now I realise it’s just what I needed. It’s a great way to meet others so I’d recommend it 100%.’’

The course is facilitated by Occupational Therapist Rebecca Comber-Short and Therapy Assistant Melissa Guy.

Living Well Course

Highlights of the course include:

  • Understanding vision loss
  • Learning about common eye conditions and the effects
  • Maximising remaining vision and making the most of your senses
  • Staying in touch with others
  • Products and aids which can help you around the house
  • Managing personal care
  • Household management including strategies to assist you
  • Community participation and maintaining confidence
  • Better knowledge of services provided by VisAbility
  • Gain insight into other valuable, practical services provided by other community organisations.

Our next course is running soon and starts July the 20th so make sure to reserve your spot. Contact the Customer Experience Team for more information via email at CET@visability.com.au or call on 1800 847 466.

Why not investigate our other group programs at VisAbility and contact us if you require more information.