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Home Safety Tips for Seniors with Low Vision

By Denise Roskamp

Caregivers in Concord MA

As your parent gets older, one of the first changes they may notice is the fact that their eyesight is not what it used to be. Chances are low vision is to blame for your loved one’s eyesight problems, and they are not alone. Approximately 1 out of 28 people over the age of 40 suffer from low vision and blindness. As they get older, the likelihood of your parent developing these vision problems will continue to increase.

Although there is nothing that can be done to take away low vision problems, a senior can live a fulfilling and independent life with the help of caregivers and a few home modifications. Here are some changes that should be made to their home in order to keep them safe.

  • Use good lighting. When the room, driveway, or hallway is well-lit, the elder will be less likely to bump into items they are unable to see well. Try to add better lighting throughout the home, as well as installing nightlights in the hallways.
  • Reduce clutter. Where there is clutter, there is the increased possibility of an injury. Help your aging parent reduce their clutter by organizing their rooms and getting rid of any items that could become tripping hazards.
  • Use contrasting colors for safety. By adding brightly colored paint to the light switches and door frames, the senior will be able to easily see them.
  • Utilize a pill organizer. If your loved one is like most older adults, they probably have to take multiple medications on a daily basis. One of the best ways to ensure your loved one is taking the correct dosage of medication is by using a pill organizer. These tools are often free or inexpensive at drug stores or hospitals.
  • Use contrasting colors at the table. When you or their caregiver is setting the table, try to use contrasting colors for the placemats. This will make it much easier for the senior to see where their food and utensils are.
  • Get help. If you are concerned that your elderly parent is in danger of living alone because of their vision problems, professional caregivers can be hired. These home care providers can help by doing tasks around the home that are too difficult for the senior, as well as help them maneuver through the home safely and with ease.

Low vision is a very common problem among older adults, but these tips will ensure they are safe when at home.

IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING CAREGIVERS IN CONCORD, MA, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS TODAY. CALL NOW (508) 545-0164.