Home Modifications to Help Seniors Impacted by Reduced or Low Vision

Color contrasts can help seniors with reduced or low vision with safety and self-reliance.

When you think about our senses, our sense of vision is conceivably the one for which we’re most thankful. So much of our life’s experiences are a result of the things we view in the world around us. Our vision also saves us from a multitude of hazards. Seniors with reduced or low vision can find it more difficult to steer clear of the dangers and barriers they encounter, both inside and outside of the home. 

If you are providing care for someone who struggles with reduced or low vision, an innovative use of colors and contrasts can improve the senior’s level of safety and self-reliance. It’s not as complicated as you might think! For instance, keep these guidelines in mind: 

  • Solid, bright colors such as yellow, red, and orange best reflect light, and therefore are easiest to see.
  • Light-colored items positioned against darker backgrounds intensifies contrast. For example, putting a white sheet of paper on a black desk stands out more than on a beige surface.
  • Similarly, darker objects are easier to see against light-colored backgrounds. A dark green chair can be seen best when placed against a lighter-colored wall.
  • When arranging furniture and other objects in the home, bear in mind that certain colors are so similar that differentiating between them can be a struggle for people with low vision. The color groups that cause difficulties are:
    • Black, brown, and navy
    • Blue, green, and purple
    • Light green, yellow, and pink
    • Utilizing light-reflecting tape or brightly colored paint on the top edge of the first and last steps on a stairway can make them stand out more.
    • Runners for hallways in bright, solid colors can help better identify walking areas.

Of course, before executing any changes in a loved one’s home who struggles with low vision, it’s vital to keep that person’s preferences and feelings in mind. Seniors with reduced or low vision are likely facing a variety of worries, like a decreased sense of control over their life choices, reduced freedom and privacy, and the fear that people may see them differently. They may also feel overwhelmed or apprehensive about what the future has in store and can be hesitant to express their thoughts. Remaining sensitive to these feelings as opposed to just brushing them aside can make a considerable impact.

If a senior loved one is struggling with reduced or low vision challenges, contact Dakota Home Care online to receive assistance and resources for home care in Lincoln, ND, Mandan, Fargo and the surrounding areas, or call us at (877) 691-0015. We’ll be happy to arrange a free in-home assessment and work with you to put together an appropriate plan of care to keep a senior in your life safe and thriving at home.

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