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recent blindness

My mother (86 yrs old) recently (7 days ago) lost her sight. Up until last week she was very independent, lived alone, took care of herself, drove, and did everything that a sighted person would do. She is so frightened, she needs 24 hour care. Family members have found a beautiful private facility for her. The problem is that the facility is very quiet. She has no hearing stimulation and she obviously can not "see" how beautiful the place is. She is in the dark now and in the quiet. We don't know what a recently blind woman needs and what is the best environment for her. Are their couseling services to talk to someone about this. Thank you for any help you can give.

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Re: recent blindness

surround your mother with friends or faimily, and let her know that being blind is not the end of the world. It may seem like it now but it is not. I'm sure you can seek counceling. I am an instructor at a blind rehab center and we have people of all ages come through to learn independant living skills for living with their new limitations. If you can find some sort of rehab center in your area that may benefit her. If you have any other questions please feel free to ask.

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