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Evaluation of Emotional Support and Counselling (ESAC) within an Integrated Low Vision Service. VINCE 24 th March 2011 Louise Bowen Suzanne Hodge Martina Leeven. Introduction. 3 year pilot project (2007-2010) Funded by Glaxo Smith Kline and RNIB
VINCE 24th March 2011
A holistic, multi-professional, integrated service including:
(Framework for a Multidisciplinary Approach to Low Vision, 2001)
‘I mean it had gone just overnight, somehow this eye had gone and it was really pretty awful, a terrible, terrible thing. I couldn’t see, couldn’t read my newspaper, it was almost tear time, but I don’t cry because I’m a hardy Scot. So that was it, devastating…’ Ian, 72, London
‘I mean I’m a widow actually, my husband died seven years ago now but I’m still trying to get used to it, and so that was a big blow and then this started, so the two things together do engender a loss of optimism...’ Sara, 77, London
‘I think the biggest thing, my sight loss wasn’t too bad, I was fine until I had the heart attack, it was the heart attack that just put the lid on it.’ Michael, 62, Gateshead
‘…for five years I was cooped up in the house and I just excluded myself from everybody and I just felt like there’s no way, there’s no way I can do anything and I felt like I was the only person that can’t see anything in the world.’ Lydia, 36, Gateshead
Non-clinical cut-off scores
‘This place here saved my life really, I’d have been dead if it wasn’t for this place. (…) I was ready to do myself in.’ Michael, 62, Gateshead
‘I think it’s just good talking to someone who is like impartial like to your situation and you can, because like I think it’s harder to talk to like your friends or your family…’ Rachel, 16, Gateshead
‘…she’d listen, she’s not laying it on you, you have to do this, you should expect this, no she lets you speak, you speak and then she will just gently add something, if you look at it this way or you look at it that way…’ Alicia, 75, London
‘I’m trying to stay calm. Because that’s what sets it off. (...) this is what the lady at the counselling sort of helped us to do. I can still get around but differently.’ Dawn, 42, Gateshead
‘It's not only me, many people have eyesight problems as well. But the most important thing is how to be positive. (…) Last year, I was very unhappy and I sat here hating myself and it was very negative. I feel I’m - I feel calm nowadays.’ Hannah, 60, London
‘How was it helpful with [counsellor]? Because it brought to my attention that there’s a life after, even if you do go blind it doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world, she actually filled me in as to how to cope with it. She helped with that way, the things that you could actually do in the voluntary sector, that didn’t mean you were finished with work or whatever.’ Bill, 72, Gateshead
'There are many patients that I see that it is a relief to me to know that I can arrange counselling directly. The fact that it is attached to the service is reassuring as it means that the service user is definitely followed up and not lost in the general referral system, and they are seen by a counsellor who understands the specific needs of a person who is experiencing sight loss.'
(Lead optometrist, London)
(Rehab worker, Gateshead)
Older People Officer Early Reach
Evidence and Service Impact
Full report and research brief available at: www.rnib.org.uk/esac