The individual may, depending on what form of Sensory Loss, experience different feelings and physical problems. Acquiring Sensory Loss is thought to be harder on an individual than being born with a Sensory problem/ Loss. This is because the individual will not have had any relative experience to compare it to.
Individuals living with Sensory Loss may feel as though they cannot do certain things (although this can be true for some tasks, it is not for the majority of tasks and activities that people can do with Sensory Loss). Because of this the individual may have feelings of depression, jealousy, low self-esteem and social anxiety. People may feel this way because of comparing themselves to others and not being able to experience the same things as others do or maybe that they feel that they may not be able to do things that they love because of their Sensory Loss and that the life that they have become accustomed to, has vanished.
FAMILY AND FRIENDS:
May forget about how the individual feels having acquired Sensory Loss. Loved ones may make plans that could be harmful for the individual. This can result in feelings of guilt for loved one knowing that they have put their loved one in an awkward or compromising situation. Out of fear and worry about the individual’s health a loved one may also develop feelings of control over the individual. It can become difficult for loved ones to adjust on how to communicate and interact with someone with Sensory Loss as they will not want to hurt the feelings of the individual but may become frustrated that the individual does not interact/ communicate with them as usual.
CARERS AND OTHER HEALTH PROFESSIONALS:
Some Carers and other health Care professionals may not fully understand the individual’s condition. This can result in the individual not being cared for properly. Some Carer’s and other health care professionals may suggest to try/ or do certain things with the individual but this can overwhelm and upset the individual as they may feel that being bombarded with things to do.
HOW WE CAN HELP…
We understand that life can be hard at the best of times, let alone living with Sensory loss.
Our CDCA Care Team Members have our Training and experiences with Caring for people with Sensory Loss.
We believe that communication is the key. There are many different ways of communicating, some more efficient than others. Our Care team are trained in how to support and how to communicate with people with Sensory Loss to get the best out of their Care and their daily life.