Having talked about the hidden costs of visual impairment, I fell to thinking this weekend about some of the areas where we save money, so I thought I’d write them here.
No possibility of running a car with all the expense it incurs as blind people aren’t entitled to direct payments to hire a PA to drive the thing.
Limited access to shopping as its such a lottery with the help we may or may not receive, so shopping is something only done when absolutely necessary. Forget retail therapy, it just doesn’t exist as much as I’d like it to.
Limited access to places of interest, again subject to same lottery with regards to assistance, as well as inaccessible guide books and information, so generallly avoided.
Home improvements are generally not carried out, due to inability to decorate, so no browsing round the DIY shops at weekends to buy paint, fabrics, etc etc. Mind you, this one has to be countered out by the fact that when things get too bad, a professional decorator needs to be brought in to carry out the work.
I’m sure there are others which I haven’t thought of just yet. A typical weekend for me involves housework, but not much more activity than that. Lots of reading and watching TV, and eating and drinking.
Just another example where lack of accessibility, although saving money, leads to a sedentary lifestyle.
I’ve wavered off subject a bit, but I wonder if there is a link between blindness and obesity?