Author: Sarah Williams
Reviewed By: Brindusa Vanta

Yes, a blind person can live in assisted living. Legislation prevents facilities from discriminating against people with impaired sight, and communities must make reasonable adjustments to accommodate residents who are blind. However, facilities can refuse admission to those who need services beyond their scope of care, such as 24/7 supervision.

Anti-Discrimination Laws

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to assisted living facilities. It requires that individuals with vision loss have access to the same services, programs and amenities as their peers. To comply, facilities may adjust their policies and modify communal areas to aid accessibility. Caregivers often provide extra services, such as reading menus and forms and escorting residents to meals, activities and outside appointments.

Communities might also offer assistive devices, such as voice-activated technology and Braille signs, to fulfill their obligations. Furthermore, facilities can’t refuse service animals or charge pet fees for them. However, seniors are liable for any damage their animal causes and shouldn’t expect staff members to supervise their service dog. The Fair Housing Act similarly prohibits discriminatory practices in assisted living facilities.  

How Assisted Living Can Help Seniors Who Are Blind 

Many assisted living facilities have easy-to-navigate layouts, step-free access, non-slip flooring and grab rails, all of which can benefit blind residents. Other plus points may include wearable emergency alert devices, 24/7 staffing and transportation.

Facilities provide a maintenance-free environment with inclusive meals and help with domestic tasks, promoting safety and comfort for those with impaired vision. Caregivers assist residents with activities of daily living while encouraging independence and respecting dignity. Seniors can also join diverse wellness and social activities to alleviate isolation and enhance quality of life.     

When Assisted Living Isn’t Suitable for Blind People

Although communities offer diverse support services and many always have staff on-site, assisted living residents must still be reasonably active and have some independence. Facilities can’t adequately accommodate individuals who need constant companionship or escort services and around-the-clock supervision; nursing homes are more suitable for seniors requiring intensive support and monitoring.