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KAB's Rehab services

Rehabilitation (usually called just ‘Rehab') is the process of learning to live with reduced vision or total blindness so you can remain independent.

KAB has a dedicated team of Rehabilitation Workers who are trained to work with visually impaired people and their carers to help them manage the emotional and practical aspects of sight loss, and achieve greater independence and a better quality of life.

KAB Rehabilitation Workers can give advice and instruction on how to deal with everyday tasks. They are able to demonstrate equipment and to suggest ways of solving practical problems in the home from putting toothpaste on a toothbrush to cooking a 4-course meal!

KAB’s rehabilitation work is commissioned by Kent County Council, Medway Unitary Authority and The London Borough of Bromley. KAB works with these local authorities to maintain a register of sight impaired people and also completes statutory assessments of need on their behalf.

KAB has three rehabilitation teams throughout the region, based at KAB Sight Centres in Maidstone, Canterbury and Bromley, with three additional offices in Gravesend, Dover and Medway. All three teams provide comprehensive rehabilitation services, their support includes:

  • Assessment of individual needs,
  • Advice and information on eye conditions and living with sight loss,
  • Training in all aspects of daily living and communication,
  • Mobility training in schools, in the workplace, and at home,
  • Low vision assessment,
  • Equipment provision, demonstration and advice,
  • Welfare rights and benefits advice,
  • Training in access technology,
  • Registration as sight impaired or severely sight impaired,
  • Support, advice and information for parents, carers and professionals,
  • Environmental assessments and advice on making spaces and buildings more accessible.

If you have concerns about the safety or wellbeing of a vulnerable child or adult please contact your local KAB Rehab team or you can contact your local authority using the following links:

Kent County Council 

Medway Council  

London Borough of Bromley 

To find out more about safeguarding adults please use the links below to access your local Safeguarding Adults Boards, which are particularly focused on making sure vulnerable adults, such as those with a disability, old age, dementia or other conditions that limit their communication are kept safe from harm and abuse.

Kent and Medway Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) - Kent and Medway Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB)

London Borough of Bromley - Bromley Safeguarding Adults Board (BSAB) 

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