Low vision is a specific type of vision problem in which your aging adult can't see very well, particularly for fine tasks. She may also mention that everything seems a bit dull or that the lights are never bright enough. Here are some tips for helping your elderly family member live with low vision.
Use Brighter Lighting and More of It
Brighter lighting can help to compensate for lowered vision on your elderly family member's part. Add more lamps and check fixture to see if updating them might help. Choose the brightest light bulbs that the fixtures can support. Your elderly family member might find that she needs lighting at times of day that she never needed it before.
Use Bold Pens and Markers When You Leave Notes
Pens with light-colored ink or that write in fine lines may be extremely difficult for your elderly family member to read. Instead, try using bolder colors and markers that leave thick lines. You might need to experiment to find a happy medium for your aging adult's vision.
Mark the Edges of Stair Treads
Stair treads can be particularly dangerous for an aging family member with low vision. If she can't see the edge clearly, she might miss it and fall. Try painting the edges of the stair treads with a bright color of paint. If you can't paint the stair treads, use brightly-colored tape that you can remove easily.
Use Contrasting Colors Around the House
Other areas of the home can benefit from contrasts, too. Consider using different colors for walls and switch plates so that they really stand out. Contrasting colors in the kitchen, living room, bedroom, and bathroom all make a tremendous difference in terms of what your senior can now see.
Consider Motion Sensors for Interior Lighting
Motion sensors work wonders outside, especially in terms of safety. Bring that technology in for interior safety, too. Motion sensors allow your elderly family member to have the light that she needs right away, but also help her to save energy by turning off when she's no longer in the room.
You can also ask experienced home care providers for other tips that would work well for your elderly family member's individual situation.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering home health care in Bessemer, AL, please contact the caring staff at Senior Legacy Care today. Call us at (205) 380-7418.
Susan Smith, Owner
Susan Smith is the owner of Senior Legacy, an independent non-medical senior in home care business. Read More...