Seniors

Our specially trained staff understands the fear and anxiety caused by losing vision.

Anyone over the age of 55 that is losing their vision is invited to connect with Cleveland Sight Center. The CSC team will help seniors utilize their remaining vision comfortably and effectively so they can continue to do the things they love, like reading or baking.

Staying in Your Home with Vision Loss

Trained vision rehabilitation staff will teach independent living skills to seniors in their personal homes. These professionals will travel to clients’ homes and teach seniors how to cook safely, clean, do the laundry, pay bills, use magnifiers and other important life-skills to ensure continued independence.   

Self-Help Groups

Those who have lost or are losing vision appreciate the empathy and practical advice they receive from others who have shared similar experiences. Self-help groups meet regularly to share experiences, insights, laughter and the special camaraderie of those who deal with vision loss. Social workers are available to assist seniors find a group that meets locally.

Share The Vision

CSC offers clients the Share the Vision Peer Mentoring Program, a program that gives new clients the opportunity to connect with trained volunteers over the phone to discuss the anxieties and fears associated with vision loss. Clients will receive experience, support, education and insight on how to adjust to losing their eyesight. Contact Moreed Kamal at 216-791-8118 ext. 7349 or mkamal@clevelandsightcenter.org for more information.

Transitional Life Counseling (TLC)

Transitional Life Counseling is a support group led by CSC social workers, which meets for eight sessions. Topics of discussion include but not limited to what is low vision?, common eye diseases, family issues, depression.  

Those interested need to register at CSC and be referred by their social worker. For additional information, contact Michelle Neitzel at 216-791-8118 ext. 4676 or mneitzel@clevelandsightcenter.org.

Therapeutic Recreation

Open to all registered clients, Cleveland Sight Center's Therapeutic Recreation Department offers a wide range of activity-based programming to enhance one’s blindness rehabilitation program including decreasing social isolation, introducing leisure activities, promoting overall health and wellness, decreasing leisure barriers, and assisting with integration in community-based programming. Enhance your lifestyle with opportunities to meet others doing things you love to do or trying new skills to improve your independence and quality of life.  Our programming offers something for everyone including art, games, music, wellness, sports, adventure, nature-based and more. Interested in pursuing a recreation or leisure activity in your community? We can help you get involved! Visit the Therapeutic Recreation page for a listing of all services offered.

View all upcoming activities at CSC and Highbrook Lodge.

For Therapeutic Recreation inquiries please contact Mollie Evans - Therapeutic Recreation Specialist

216-791-8118 ext. 4597 or mevans@clevelandsightcenter.org

For Highbrook Lodge camp inquiries please contact Lindsay Svarovsky, CTRS - Camp Manager

216-791-8118 ext. 4596 or lsvarovsky@clevelandsightcenter.org

 

HOME SAFE HOME: TOOLS AND TIPS FOR SENIORS

Home Safe Home: Tools and Tips for Seniors

CSC's friends at Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh have created a video series called Home Safe Home focusing on tools and tips for seniors. Home Safe Home is an effort to help seniors and individuals with vision impairments stay safe in their homes. The videos are also useful to caregivers, family, friends and volunteers to assess the homes of seniors and make improvements to increase safety and decrease risk.