Sensory Loss in Older Adults

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This article provides advice on how you can support an older adult experiencing sensory loss (specifically, loss of hearing, vision, taste, smell and/or touch) in order to improve their safety, enjoyment, and quality of life. Keep in mind sensory loss can relate to a range of age-related physiological and psychological changes.

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As a carer, it’s important to know what sensory loss is, how to recognise and differentiate it from expected age-related changes, and how to make adjustments for older people living with, or developing, sensory loss.


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Jayaletchimi Joganathan
20 Apr 2022
Registered Nurse
Good resource to use to enhance residents sensory care needs to improve their quality of life.
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14 Sep 2022
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29 Aug 2021
Ruth Tresidder
27 Oct 2022
Very good
Herbert Manglinong
21 May 2021
Gita Rijal
04 Sep 2021
Very informative
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Nita Jirel
26 Aug 2021
Lynda Richardson
23 Feb 2023
Very informative , clear and concise
Phillipa Muzhingi
28 Oct 2022
Registered Nurse
A short but very informative reading which will assist a lot of carers in regards to identifying and communicating with people with sensory losses.
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