Lee was very set in her ways (stubborn is not a strong enough word)! She had lived in Florida for decades, loving her life in “flip-flops,” flats, and “Keds.” Her floor, like most Florida homes, was a combination of smooth, cool tile, with occasional area rugs to soften certain places. Being height challenged, she often put things very close by and within her reach, or had to climb to get to them. There was always a cool drink at her side, or sitting on the antique trunk she used as a coffee table. That coffee table was so close my long legs had trouble just sitting on the sofa with her!
I want to give you here a few things that would have helped her NOT fall with her limited vision, and then refer you to a site which is one of the most comprehensive Web sites addressing home safety and modification, created by the National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification. This nonprofit organization, housed at the University of Southern California, promotes aging in place and independent living for people of all ages and disabilities. That’s what Lee really wanted and refused to give up till the cancer took her strength, but not her determination to stay in her home!
Vision Solutions Include:
- Sufficient, even lighting throughout the house
- Increasing the amount of natural light
- Adding lighting to eliminate dark or shadowy areas
- Choosing light-colored wall coverings, work surfaces and counters to better reflect available light.
- Controlling glare by selecting matte-finish paint, wallpaper, counter tops and other surface materials
- Choosing colors that are easily differentiated from one another
- Helping objects stand out from their backgrounds and to distinguishing between levels, furnishings, and potential safety hazards, using the "contrast principle" where the object you want people to see contrasts with its background
- Helping signal a change in elevation between adjacent rooms, using flooring that's in strong-contrasting colors. If the floors are the same level, using the same or similar intensities of floor colors.
- Choosing a counter top color that contrasts with the color of the floor beneath to enable the counter's edge to be easily seen.
“It is better to keep a friend from falling than to help him up.”
Linda Cook BS, CPT, CMES 937-369-7363 cell 937-748-9905 office email@example.com