Mother has been determined to be legally blind. She had cataract surgery a year and half ago, and the new lens has developed a film over it. (I believe I know the cause, have recently been told by someone who has had the surgery that the final step had not been done - grr.) Repair is scheduled in a couple of weeks. The worst of it is the glaucoma, which has gotten out of control more or less, even with treatment. Surgery is scheduled next week to put in new drainage. However, they told us in the very beginning that she would, in all likelihood, even with the surgeries, be completely blind. It was really just a matter of time.
The eye doctor sent a copy of her diagnosis to the nursing home, but we are getting nothing but trouble from the transportation scheduler about sending an aid to the doctor with her, because she is still "all there in the head" (well, mostly)
They sent an aid (was also the driver) the last two times, who clearly 1)had no interest in helping her and 2) no experience with the blind. She tripped over a curb because he did not tell her there was a curb - luckily she caught herself - and again on the way out, over the same curb, same reason, same result. He did not help her out of the van, or with her getting her things from the van, aside from setting her oxygen tank on the ground.
They do not want to send an aid inside the appointment with her, again, because she still has her cognition, but she can not see to fill out paperwork, find the door, and she does have issues with her short term memory.
The home has been helpful in some ways, with her dinner, etc., but this is a major issue, as I do not have the ability right now to go to the appointments with her.
What are the responsibilities of the nursing home in terms of the blind? There is NOTHING in the rights and responsibilities book they gave me that even mentions the blind.
Her health is terrible - quite a few other serious medical problems, many for which no cause can be found, but are being handled fairly well, but this is a big big deal.