National deafblind charity Sense has today responded to guidance published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on older people with social care needs and multiple long-term conditions.
The guidance has been developed following consultation with various organisations including Sense and as a result includes several recommendations relating to sensory loss.
Kate Fitch, Deputy Head of Public Policy at Sense, said:
“We know that 69% of those reporting a dual sensory loss have two or more additional long term conditions and only 64% of people who have a dual sensory loss feel confident in managing their own health. We are therefore pleased to see several specific references to sensory loss including a focus on ensuring practitioners are able to recognise sensory loss, consider the impact and respond to it.
“Sensory loss can have a huge impact on the way an individual receives and experiences care and support. It can affect an individual’s ability to communicate and access information which, if not taken into consideration, can pose additional challenges to the way an individual understands, lives with and manages their other long term conditions.
“With an increasing population of older people with hearing and sight loss, we welcome the guidance which will ensure sensory needs are recognised and considered when care planning for older people with long term health conditions.”