Most people with age-related vision loss will not become completely blind. Instead, they will experience partial or moderate loss of vision. Learning new skills can help an older adult develop the confidence to remain independent at home.
For more than 100 years, Vision Loss Resources has been a leading provider of services to support people with vision loss.
Our specialists are trained in vision rehabilitation. They provide one-on-one instruction in the home, such as:
- Adaptive living skills: from cooking and cleaning to writing a check, the basic skills to maintain your independence
- Magnification: read the mail and the paper using a variety of tools
- Technology: learning to use smartphones and other devices
- Mobility: getting around the home safely, using a white cane if needed
- And much more. See our Service Menu for a complete listing (link to Service Menu)
Where to begin? Just call us: (612) 871-2222. We do not require a doctor’s referral, health insurance, or a specific diagnosis. We serve anyone in the 9-county metro area whose vision loss impacts their ability to perform the activities they need or want to do.
We work with you and your family to develop a service plan unique to your needs. Our personalized services provide people and their caregivers the resources to age in place.
- All services are 60-minute sessions provided in your home.
- Financial concerns? Sliding fee scale available based on income guidelines
LOW VISION CLINIC: Low vision evaluation and assessment of magnification needs
TRAVEL SKILLS to navigate home and public spaces safely and confidently
ADDITIONAL SERVICES offered to all clients
Ways to Enhance Remaining Vision: Create a positive, can-do attitude by incorporating adaptive techniques and aids to help you accomplish everyday activities. Hands-on learning may include using magnifiers, pouring liquids, plugging and unplugging electrical appliances, unlocking keyed doors, marking and labeling items, and organizing household spaces.
Labeling and Organizational Skills: Try a variety of methods and find the ones that will work for you to stay organized, from medication, to clothing, to important paperwork and other items you rely on every day.
Daily Living Skills and Grooming: Learn safe and efficient personal grooming techniques, such as brushing teeth, bathing, personal hygiene, shaving, applying makeup, nail care, or hair care.
Basic Clothing Care: Select, coordinate, organize and care for your clothing. If you’re interested in doing your own laundry, folding and organizing your clothing, sewing on a button, or ironing safety techniques, this is the session for you.
Communication Skills: Learn how to take notes and keep up with your social life using large print, Braille, audio recorders, landline phones, cell phones, and alternatives to reading.
Money Management: Use paper money and coins with confidence! Learn tips for using checks, credit cards, and ATMs securely in basic transactions.
Dining Skills: Eat a meal with confidence and ease. Enjoy restaurants, family meals, or dining solo with great table manners.
Housekeeping Skills: Stay independent at home by learning effective ways to keep up with household cleaning tasks such as making the bed, dusting, sweeping, and vacuuming.
Which device is right for me? Our specialist will assess your needs and interests, to work with you to determine the best device based on your level of understanding, type of vision loss and daily technology needs. Flip phone, smart phone, or Jitterbug? Tablet or e-reader? Get the scoop and personalized recommendations.
Using the accessibility features included in your device: Make the most of the features in the Apple or Microsoft device that you currently own and use: voiceovers, magnification, and much more.
Put your virtual Personal Assistant to work: Siri, get ready: Whether you have an iPhone or another smartphone, prepare to be amazed at everything you can do with voice commands through the personal assistant feature on your device.
Personal Technology Training: You pick the device or program, and our specialists will provide the training so that you can use it with ease and confidence.
Screen readers, magnifiers, and other programs: Using your home computer, learn how to use text-to-speech programs and/or screen magnification programs to confidently navigate web browsers, word processing and spreadsheet applications, and more.
Introduction to Adaptive Food Preparation: Let’s take an overview of your kitchen and practice some safe cooking skills for everyday meals.
Basic Skills for Food Prep: Chop and slice using knife safety techniques, measure dry and wet ingredients, and clean up after yourself in the kitchen. This session is a prerequisite for the other specialized sessions in Cooking Skills.
Microwave Cooking: From reheating leftovers and defrosting frozen foods, and beyond: master the controls on your microwave by labeling them with tactile markers and by learning tips for cooking foods safely and effectively.
Basic Stovetop Cooking: Want to fry an egg, boil pasta, or cook meat? Learn how to do it safely and to the correct level of doneness.
Basic Baking: You can bake a cake for the grandkids, or fix some delicious brownies for yourself! We can teach you the techniques for using the oven safely and effectively.
Meal Planning and Nutrition: Be healthy, organized, and frugal: plan balanced meals and prepare a weekly meal plan to make it easier to shop, cook, and maintain your nutritional goals.
Learn safe and efficient travel skills as you walk in a familiar environment: from opening doors and walking safely and confidently. Is a white cane right for you? If so, how can you use it effectively? We’ll also provide you with materials to give to family and friends to ensure they can serve as effective walking guides with you.
ADDITIONAL SERVICES, offered to all clients
Peer mentoring for one-on-one listening support from trained volunteers who are visually impaired
Support groups throughout the metro area for information and emotional support
Volunteers to assist with reading, shopping, and other activities
Community Center offers monthly educational and recreational activities
These services are funded in part by a Live Well at Home grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.