Use Colors to Enhance Vision
Do you know someone dealing with vision loss? Being a caregiver to someone losing his or her vision can leave you feelings helpless, but it doesn’t have to. Many people don’t realize one of the easiest ways to help someone with vision loss is to utilize contrasting colors. Rearranging parts of a home utilizing colors more effectively can make it safer and allow for greater independence.
Here are some simple rules to remember regarding color and contrast for those with low vision:
- Generally, solid, bright colors such as red, orange, and yellow are easiest to see because of their ability to reflect life.
- Place light colored objects against darker backgrounds. For example, a white sheet of paper is more visible against a brown desktop.
- Place dark objects against lighter backgrounds. A dark chair will stand out better against cream-colored walls.
- Distinguishing colors within each of the following groups may be more difficult. Keep this in mind when arranging objects and furniture in the home:
- Navy blue, brown and black
- Blue, green and purple
- Pink, yellow and pale green
- Mark the leading edge of the first and last steps with bright paint or light-reflecting tape that contrasts with the background color of the flooring.
- Use solid, brightly colored, and/or textured hallway runners to clearly define walking spaces.
Before preparing to assist a sight impaired person with his or her household and furnishings, it is always important to keep that person’s feelings in mind. A person coping with vision loss may be battling a cacophony of fears, including a reduced sense of control over his or her life, fear of decreased independence, loss of privacy, and concern that others may view the person differently. He or she may also feel overwhelmed or afraid of the future and reluctant to share thoughts with others. Remaining sensitive to these fears rather than dismissing them will make a significant impact.
For more tips on how to help a loved one with vision loss, contact Hired Hands Homecare today. Exceptionally trained caregivers are ready to identify how a home can be made safer depending on the particular needs of the person. Our homecare company also offers a free home safety evaluation that can help keep people living in their own homes longer.
For in-home services in Marin, Sonoma, and Napa counties and the Tri Valley, call us at 866-940-4343.
Vision loss doesn’t have to mean the end of your loved one’s independence. Find out how we can help.