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ERIC Number: EJ787719
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0145-482X
Caregivers with Visual Impairments: A Preliminary Study
Fuhr, Patti; Martinez, Bethany; Williams, Michael
Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, v102 n2 p89-96 Feb 2008
Persons who are elderly, visually impaired, and primary caregivers for ailing or disabled spouses or significant others are a unique population that has not been studied previously. By definition, "informal caregivers" are family members or friends who provide unpaid day-to-day assistance with activities of daily living and are familiar with the medical and social states of the recipients of care (Ankri, Andrieu, Beaufils, Grand, & Henrard, 2005). Traditionally, persons with visual impairments have been thought of as recipients of care. However, as the U.S. population ages, many persons who are elderly and visually impaired may be providing care for others. Caregivers who are visually impaired may have a variety of unique concerns because of their difficulties with vision loss and the exceptional burdens and strains of providing care for a family member who is chronically ill or disabled. This article presents three case reports that highlight some issues that these caregivers face. These case reports were gathered as part of a study to analyze the effects of a pilot, one-week intensive low vision rehabilitation program at the Birmingham Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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