Among all of our senses, our vision is probably the one for which we’re most grateful. So much of our life’s experiences are a result of the things we notice in the world around us. Our sight also safeguards us from a variety of risks. Reduced or low vision can make it more problematic to avoid the dangers and barriers we come across, both within and outside of the home.
If you are serving as caregiver for a senior who struggles with low vision, creative use of colors and contrasts can increase the individual’s degree of safety and self-reliance. It’s not as complicated as you may think! For instance, keep these techniques in mind:
- Solid, vibrant colors such as yellow, red, and orange best reflect light, and therefore are easiest to see.
- Lighter colored items placed against darker backgrounds give intensified contrast. For instance, placing a white piece of paper on a brown desk stands out more than on an off-white surface.
- In the same way, darker items are easier to see against light-colored backgrounds. A dark green chair can be seen best against a lighter-colored wall.
- When placing furniture and other things in the home, bear in mind that certain colors are so similar that differentiating between them can be a challenge for someone with low vision. The color groups that cause difficulties are:
- Navy blue, brown, and black
- Green, blue, and purple
- Pink, light green and yellow
- Utilizing light-reflecting tape or brightly colored paint on the top edge of the first and last steps on a stairway can make them easier to navigate.
- Runners for hallways in bright, solid colors can help better identify walking spaces.
Needless to say, before carrying out any alterations in a senior loved one’s home who struggles with low vision issues, it’s crucial to keep that person’s wishes and feelings in mind. An individual struggling with vision loss is most likely facing a range of concerns, such as a reduced sense of control over his/her life decisions, reduced freedom and privacy, and the concern that people may see him or her in a different way. The person may also be feeling overwhelmed or anxious about what the future holds, and reluctant to communicate his or her thoughts. Being sensitive to these feelings rather than just brushing them aside can make a considerable impact.
If a loved one is dealing with low vision challenges, call on Advanced Home Health Care, the leaders in home care and rehabilitation services in Burlington, IA and the surrounding areas, for assistance and resources at 800.791.7785. Our compassionate care team will be happy to schedule a free in-home evaluation and work together with you to come up with an appropriate care plan to keep the senior safe and thriving at home.