Aston to help improve care for the elderly with poor vision and hearing

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30 May 2018

  • New project will help social and healthcare workers improve how to support elderly people with sensory impairment 

An Aston University researcher is playing a key role in a new project that will help healthcare workers improve how they care for elderly people with poor vision and/or hearing.

The project aims to create a European academy that will design, develop, collect and test an innovative training programme tailored to the specific needs of healthcare professionals who work with ageing people with sensory impairment.

The initiative will have real impact on workers at care centres for older people, social workers who specialise in geriatric care, as well as GPs and nurses.

The partnership is formed of a number of top universities across Europe, and Aston academic Professor Frank Eperjesi will be delivering his specialist knowledge to the consortia. Professor Eperjesi has specific expertise in how light can affect those with visual impairments, which will be turned into an innovative online module for healthcare professionals to use in their everyday jobs.

The project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme, promoted by the European Commission. Erasmus+ provides grants for activities in the fields of education, training, youth and sport.

Dr Eperjesi said: “This is the first time that a course has been developed for people who are not specifically trained in sight and hearing and who are caring for people with sight and/or hearing loss.”

Professor Eperjesi was approached for the project due to his combined clinical and academic expertise, as it is unusual for experts in the field of low vision to have both clinical experience and academic experience.

Professor Eperjesi has worked in NHS low vision clinics and those run by charities and has first-hand experience of working with people of all ages who have very poor eye sight, as well as lecturing all over the world on low vision, having published several research papers on the topic.

This innovative course will be free and be delivered and assessed totally online across Europe.


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