Low vision and other vision problems can make seeing much more difficult for your aging adult than it has been in the past. Finding solutions that help her to feel and to be safer at home may involve making a few changes that boost her ability to spot edges and differences.
Check Her Lighting
The very first change you need to look into making is with the lighting in your aging adult’s home. Even if you feel as if the lighting is sufficient, it might not be for someone with limited vision. Change out a few bulbs for brighter LED bulbs and see whether your elderly family member notices any improvement. Add some lamps and change out fixtures if necessary to accommodate the more modern bulbs.
Get Rid of Busy Patterns
Vibrant, busy patterns can add interest to a room, but they can serve as a confusing distraction if your elderly family member doesn’t see well. If carpeting and furniture use busy patterns, consider covering or removing those patterns and ask your senior if that makes a difference.
Use Contrasts between Walls and Floors
Solid, contrasting colors do a lot to reduce visual confusion for an aging adult who has trouble seeing well. Consider making simple changes at first, such as painting one wall a contrasting color to the floor and test out whether that is helpful for your senior or not. If it is, then you can paint the other walls. The simplest contrasting colors are black and white, of course, but that’s not always appealing to everyone. Get a color wheel from your local hardware store and choose colors that work well but contrast with each other for best results.
Use Contrasting Colors for Signs, Too
If your aging adult has other health issues, such as memory problems associated with dementia, she may need signs to help her remember where items and rooms are located. When you make these signs, using contrasting colors can help her to see the signs much more easily and recognize what’s written on them.
Homecare providers can give you other tips that help to make life easier for your aging adult if she’s got trouble seeing well.