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Sat Feb 9, 2013, 10:36 AM

Help! Where can you buy special stuff for the blind?

A friend of mine's sister has out of control diabetes and has had a stroke. Her whole right side doesn't work worth a damn. And she is now blind in one eye and the other doesn't work well.

She can't read the labels on her pill bottles - and she can't open them well with her left hand. She spills them on the floor.

Is there somewhere to buy special stuff for people with disabilities?

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Reply Help! Where can you buy special stuff for the blind? (Original post)
leftyladyfrommo Feb 2013 OP
LiberalEsto Feb 2013 #1
eShirl Feb 2013 #2
loyalsister Feb 2013 #3
dipsydoodle Feb 2013 #4
leftyladyfrommo Feb 2013 #5
thucythucy Feb 2013 #6
nolabear Feb 2013 #7
liberal_at_heart Feb 2013 #8

Response to leftyladyfrommo (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 10:40 AM

1. First, ask the pharmacist to give her regular pill bottle caps

instead of the childproof ones. At the pharmacy, you can also pick up one of those 7-day pill dispensers with each day marked in big letters.

I did a search for "products for blind, disabled" and came up with lots of sites.

http://www.maxiaids.com/store/
http://www.abledata.com/abledata.cfm?pageid=19327&top=13134&deep=2&trail=22

also these organizations:
American Foundation for the Blind - www.afb.org
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped - www.loc.gov/nls

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Response to leftyladyfrommo (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 10:40 AM

2. (link) National Federation of the Blind resources for living

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Response to leftyladyfrommo (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 10:43 AM

3. MO?

If you're in Missouri, there is an exchange program that also provides low cost assistive tech items
http://www.at.mo.gov/


Also, here is a vendor web site for assistive technology for people who are blind...

http://www.assistech.com/low_vision/index.htm?gclid=CP3Qi9bHqbUCFRSTPAodZ0AARg

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Response to leftyladyfrommo (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 10:43 AM

4. Can't relate easily to the US

but what happens in the UK is that the prescriptions can be supplied direct to chemists/pharmacies who then bubble pack the meds into morning, afternoon evening whatever by day of the week. My mother who is elderly has that done for her. You can also buy similar drawer packs so that a friend or relative can do the same for the person affected.

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Response to leftyladyfrommo (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 10:53 AM

5. Thank you. Thank you.

This situation is awful. The sister is trying to live alone and she really needs to have someone check on her every day. But she lives several hours away.

She has drops that she needs to put in her bad eye 4 times a day.

People. Don't let your diabetes get this bad. It is absolutely awful.

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Response to leftyladyfrommo (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 01:36 PM

6. All of these suggestions are good, but I would also

recommend contacting the nearest independent living center for help with assistive technology. Depending on the state you're in, and your friend's age, she may be eligible for various services including homemakers and/or personal care assistants.

If you go to the National Council on Independent Living website:

http://www.ncil.org

you can find a link that will tell you the name and contact info for the IL center nearest to your friend.

Best wishes, and best of luck. It sounds like a very difficult situation.

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Response to leftyladyfrommo (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 01:51 PM

7. Google "low vision store" and you'll get a bunch of hits.

My mil has lost much of her sight and their products can be very helpful. Good luck, and yes, manage that diabetes.

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Response to leftyladyfrommo (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 01:55 PM

8. Sight Connection is a good place

http://www.sightconnection.com/

Also look into what your state agency is for the blind. Here in WA we have the Department for the Services for the Blind. There are so many things the state can do for blind people. My husband is legally blind. He lost his left eye and the right one does not work very well. He has gone to blind school. He has received low vision technology that would help him such as telescope glasses, CCTV, a laptop. Once a person goes through blind school they can help that person get back into the work force or help them start their own business. Some states have Light House for the Blind which employs blind people. The blind can even be employed part time and still receive Social Security. There are lots of options for blind people these days. Anyway, you asked about buying things and the sight connection is a pretty good place to do that. Best wishes for your sister's friend.

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