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Mobility for Blind and Seeing-impaired Individuals in Hong Kong

The Foundation is funding occupational therapy equipment to help seeing-impaired retirees in a Hong Kong nursing home

Founded in 1971 by the Hong Kong Society for The Blind (HKSB), the Yuen Long Home for the Aged Blind cares for blind and seeing-impaired seniors. The Air Liquide Foundation is helping to modernize the institution’s equipment by providing funds for two walker-stander devices.

Loss of Mobility in Blind and Seeing-impaired Seniors

The effects of cognitive aging on blind and seeing-impaired individuals and the impact it has on their mobility has yet to be studied in depth. And yet, blind and seeing-impaired seniors are severely affected by a loss of mobility, which limits their physical capabilities, negatively impacts their quality of life, lowers their self-esteem, inhibits social activities and increases dependence. This issue is especially problematic in Hong Kong, which has one of the highest life expectancies in the world.

Promoting Regular Physical Activity

To preserve the mobility and independence of the eighty residents of the Yuen Long Home, the HKSB organization and its medical staff regularly help them perform suitable physical activities. However, until 2017, the only tools the occupational therapist at the institution had to help with these efforts to maintain and promote patient independence were one cane and one walker.

© The Hong Kong Society for the Blind
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How is the Air Liquide Foundation involved?

The Air Liquide Foundation is funding the purchase of two adjustable stander-walker devices equipped with supports at the hip- and chest-level as well as a safety harness. These devices will make the seniors at the Yuen Long Home more stable and comfortable and help them recover their mobility and independence.

PROJECT DETAILS

  • Project Initiator: The Hong Kong Society for the Blind
  • Location: Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China
  • Support date: 2017
  • Air Liquide Sponsor: Steven Lai, Celki VitalAire