Of all the types of conditions people are afraid of, losing the ability to see is one of the scariest injuries many people fear. After all, not being able to see can seriously leave an individual impaired, as we rely so much on our eyes for many things. But, while complete blindness is not common, many people deal with some form of partial blindness, and this is quite common among senior individuals.
If you have a senior who cannot see well, they might bump into things, miss objects when trying to grab them or squint a lot. In other words, they might put themselves at risk due to their impairment. In this article, we will talk about what you can do to help your senior with a deteriorated vision to live a safer life:
- Organize the house
When we say organize, we mean designating spots for different items. This means your kitchen items and bathroom products should have a designated space. This makes it much easier for seniors with low vision to remember where things are, lessening their time searching for items and grabbing the wrong ones.
To make your senior’s life much easier, you can implement tactile systems like rubber bands, felt, sandpaper cutouts, and such so that they can tell what’s what by touching the item. Implementing visual strategies—for example, brightly-colored labels or stickers—is also great for easy identification.
- Light up the home properly
One of the problems that make it hard for seniors who already have vision-related issues is the lack of lighting in the home. Dark areas can leave them completely blind, and to avoid this issue, you need to install plenty of lights in the home. Lights inside closets and cabinets, reading lamps near the bed, and nightlights in bathrooms and bedrooms are just some of the best places in a senior person’s home.
Just keep in mind that the more light you put in, the higher the risk of glaring. As such, covering reflective surfaces can ensure that your senior loved one will not be blinded by bright lights while still enjoying a well-lit home.
- Tackle any falling or tripping hazard
Apart from making things easier to see, eliminating the risk of trips and falls goes a long way towards creating a safe environment for your seniors. This includes removing tripping hazards such as electrical cords lying around, flattening loose rugs, replacing hard-to-see furniture, and more. Also, clearing out paths in hallways and leveling them out can reduce tripping hazards even more.
Keep in mind that you may have to reorganize the entire home if you want to create a safer environment for your seniors. If your home has a complicated layout, simplifying it is a must. This includes creating straight paths that do not force your senior to go around things and also using designs that are easy to remember.
Living with a low-vision senior is not easy, nor is taking care of them. Fortunately, by applying the tips above, you can help make their lives a lot easier and injury-free. Everything from creating an easy-to-navigate layout down to installing plenty of lights can allow your seniors to carefully walk throughout the house, staying away from any serious risks that can hurt them or worse.
That being said, if you do notice your seniors showing signs of low vision, it is vital to have their eyes checked right away. Doing so will allow specialists to treat the eyes to prevent lasting damages and increase the chances of allowing your seniors to enjoy good vision despite their age.
Gateway Home Health Hospice provides the best home-based patient care services to ensure patients live happy and satisfying life. If you are looking for home care services for your low-vision seniors in Colorado or Arizona, reach out to us today!