CHH Opens Low Vision Center Supported By The Lions Club District 23B

(Torrington, CT)  The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) Occupational Therapy Department  and  The Lions Club have established  a Low Vision Center located at the CHH Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Clinic at 1151 East Main Street, Torrington.

The public is invited to an Open House on Wednesday, May 6th from 5 to 7 PM at the clinic to learn more about the service and meet the staff. Refreshments will be served.

“Low vision affects over two thirds of adults over 65 years of age.  It is our goal to ensure that older adults with low vision are able to maintain their independence and experience quality of life. We are pleased to partner with the local Lions to provide this much needed service to our community.” said Amanda Hill, CHH Director of Rehabilitation. Michelle Whitford, Registered Occupational Therapist, has received extensive training in low vision and will be providing this service to the patients in this community.

The program is designed to provide support for individuals who experience low vision by assessing their sight limitations.  Following an assessment to determine their degree of vision loss, an individualized plan will be created with specific goals focused on providing assistance and improving their quality of life. These strategies are developed to help perform daily tasks, at times using tactile and talking products. Individuals are educated on availability of assistive technologies and learn to use their remaining vision effectively. In providing these services, individuals with low vision are able to live more safely and independently.

A physician referral is needed.  The cost of these services will be assumed by insurance providers and any other form of governmental or private reimbursement available as well as The Lions Club District 23.  The individual receiving the service will not be personally charged for any services that occur. Office hours will be Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact the CHH Occupational Therapy Department at (860) 496-0046.

“The Lions has earned an incredible reputation in this healthcare arena. Our hospital is pleased to more than partner with them, we are inspired by them. Our Center is really made possible by their resources and encouragement.” said Brian Mattiello, CHH Vice President of Organizational Development.

People that have low vision often report they “can’t see.” Low vision is a condition that can’t be corrected by medical or surgical intervention or by eyeglasses.  It limits an individual’s ability to complete many daily activities, which may include any of the following examples: reading and signing forms, reading the numbers on a clock, or difficulties locating steps, curbs or items within one’s home.

Macular degeneration, glaucoma, or history of stroke or diabetes, are the most common medical conditions causing low vision. Simple tasks may become more difficult and frustration often occurs with low vision.  Although low vision can’t be corrected, there are many ways to make daily tasks easier. There is now help locally for people affected by low vision.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungertford.org for information.

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