Report on Current and Future Older Adult Services for People with Sight Loss in Ireland: Report for the National Council for the Blind of Ireland

Simon Hayhoe, Danny Cahill

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


Research was conducted after issues needing research in the Republic of Ireland (Ireland) for Older Adults who developed sight loss were identified by the National Council for the Blind of Ireland. The research was conducted using grounded methodology in three phases. The first phase found NCBI’s Current Services for older adults relate to five elements of what is referred to as inclusive capital. According to the 2016 Irish Census, physical impairments and a large number of cognitive impairments increase in old age, and the likelihood of becoming disabled rises exponentially after the age of 80. The second phase found larger jurisdictions and jurisdictions with older associations have multiple overlapping agencies, leading to confusion in service provision. Services for all jurisdictions are related to what are felt to be traditional demographics, however most jurisdictions surveyed had specialist services based on unique political or cultural backgrounds. The third phase studied academic literature on services for older adults, and found literature fell into categories mostly reflecting the five elements of inclusive capital. The study concludes there is a need to consider physical and mental health, multiple impairments, Significantly Older Adults’ social needs and end-of-life care.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherCentre for the Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, London School of Economics
Number of pages31
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2019


  • visual impairment
  • blind
  • adult services
  • Ireland
  • inclusion
  • Older Adults


SC: Sensing Culture

Hayhoe, S.


Project: UK charity

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