There was more torture in my final lesson, guiding the blind patient. The class got blindfolded and had to make their way about the ward, and do various tasks. The following is the exercise that I devised for this.
Simulated blindness experience
Blindfold or pad both eyes. Double padding is better at keeping the light out.
Ask the volunteer to move from one part of the area to another.
Try it again using a stick.
If there is a sink, the volunteer should try washing and drying their hands.
Be careful of hot water!
They should also try using the toilet.
Take the volunteer up and down a flight of stairs. Make sure they hold on to the banister.
If there is access to a wheelchair, the volunteer may be pushed around in it, without verbal cues, then asked to find their way back to a specified area.
Once they have got used to the layout of the area, move the furniture and put obstacles in their path.
At some point, after they have come to rely on it, remove their stick!
I didn't have enough time for the full version, so I could only give them a taster, but the feedback from the session was good. Try it yourself. Feel free to copy the exercise and use it in your clinical area. Please let me know how you got on.