Making sure that your loved one has the right lighting for her needs is crucial to helping her to stay safe. Even during the day, your loved one may need additional lighting beyond natural lighting in order to see well.
Brighten it All
Lighting can be dimmer than you realize for a variety of reasons. The fixtures or the bulbs might be dirty or the bulbs themselves might not be the right wattage to put out enough light. Go through your loved one’s home and do an inventory to determine which fixtures and bulbs could and should be brighter.
Consider Three-way Lamps and Fixtures with Dimmers
Brighter lighting is incredibly important, of course, but your loved one might occasionally still want some dimmer lighting. One way to accomplish this is by using three-way lighting and fixtures that have dimmer switches on them. That way your loved one can customize lighting for her needs.
Look at the Switches, Too
Most people don’t think much about light switches because they simply work. Until they don’t, that is. If your loved one has difficulty with arthritis or strength in her hands, standard light switches might be more difficult to operate. Rocker switches or sliding dimmer switches can be much easier for your loved one to operate and are easy to install. Consider also using lamps that use touch controls or even sound to turn on and off.
Set Some Lights on Timers
To make lighting even easier for your loved one, you can set some lamps and fixtures on timers that turn the lights on and off at certain times. This can be especially helpful for a lamp that is difficult for your loved one to operate on her own but that she still wants to use on a daily basis. Some timers even have a light-sensing setting that allows the light to turn on not at a specific time but when the lighting is too low in the room.
If your loved one has special lighting needs, make sure that everyone who works with her is aware. Everyone from homecare providers to other family members can help your loved one better if they know what to do for her.