Dual Sensory Loss
In 2014, the charity Sense launched a project funded by the Department of Health’s Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development (IESD) fund, which seeks to raise awareness of age-related sight and hearing loss with health and social care professionals nationally.
Questionnaires were sent to all Local Authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Health and Wellbeing Boards and 30,000 care homes run by leading provider organisations.
Overall those who responded to the questionnaire seemed to be aware that older people can experience combined difficulties with hearing and vision loss. However, across the board there was less knowledge about what training and support staff have in working to identify and support older people with dual sensory loss effectively.
The full baseline report can be read here