Innovative Low Vision Support Services Introduced at The Cove at Thirwood Place

May 22 2014

(South Yarmouth, MA)  -  The Cove at Thirwood Place Assisted Living is excited to announce an innovative new Low Vision Support Services program allowing assisted living residents with low or impaired vision to learn practical living techniques in a supportive environment. Experts predict that by 2030, rates of vision loss will double along with the country’s aging population. Focusing on the unique needs of these seniors with customized care makes The Cove at Thirwood Place the first of its kind to offer these services which are not currently available in this region.

Modern standards of caregiving and advances in assistive technology mean that vision loss need not be the debilitating condition of years past. Residents of The Cove who choose to participate in the Low Vision Support Services program are taught skills to best use the technology and tools in their customized one and two bedroom apartments. Confidence-building activities and the attention of an outstanding professional staff further enhance the residents’ daily lives. The Cove’s network of care is broadened by affiliations with both Cape Cod Healthcare and Sight Loss Services, providing experience, knowledge and support for the residential Low Vision Support Services program.

The spacious assisted living residences at The Cove at Thirwood Place are well-equipped with the latest in assistive tools and technology, designed with the needs of the visually impaired in mind. The apartment kitchens give residents the option of preparing meals using specialized appliances and low-vision-friendly devices while the living room is enhanced with talk-technology from the telephones to thermostats, all carefully selected to promote confidence, comfort and independence. The staff is well-versed in the operation of all new devices and always available to assist the residents. A ‘scribe service’ is also offered for residents who request help with reading their mail or writing cards and letters. There are also daily recorded calls announcing activities and menus.

General Manager Ed Goodwin explains, “Our philosophy on vision loss support is to empower each resident to reach their potential and achieve their highest level of individual independence. A warm, friendly environment created by our staff invites residents to master alternative daily living techniques and new skills, allowing those with limited vision to have unlimited opportunities.”

Located on 45 acres overlooking Flax Pond in South Yarmouth, The Cove at Thirwood Place Assisted Living, along with Thirwood Place Independent Living, has been New England’s finest senior living community for 25 years. For more details, please contact Larry Lyford at or 508-398-8006.

Thirwood Place is owned and managed by The Davenport Companies. Established in 1956, The Davenport Companies remain family owned and operated. The South Yarmouth-based operation has evolved into a real estate holding and investment company with businesses in the hospitality, services and real estate industries. For more information on Thirwood Place, please visit or contact Larry Lyford at 508-398-8006.