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Safety Around the House
An excellent rule of thumb is to have a place for everything and keep everything in it's place.
Depending on your family member's visual condition, special lighting may need to be obtained. Some persons may need increased lighting, while others may find that the lighting produces too much glare. If your family member is sensitive to glare: adjust the light coming from windows by adjusting blinds or curtains, install a rheostat control (dimmer switch) on light switches, adjust mirrors so lights don't reflect off them, and avoid using high gloss finishes on furniture and especially on stairs. Night lights may be helpful to place in the bedroom, hallway and in bathrooms. Task lighting may be a good choice for close-up work. Ott Lights and Sunlight lamps provide good contrast.
If your family member has any usable vision, it will most likely be important to ensure good contrasts throughout the home. Place dark objects against light background, and light objects against dark background.
Adapt the Bathroom
As with the rest of the home, the bathroom can be easily adapted to ensure independence and safety.
Adapting the dials of washing machines and dryers is simple. Place tactual stickers, bump-ons by commonly used settings. Transparent markers are best if you place it directly on words or numbers it won't obscure the print for other members of the family. Teach family members to pin matching socks together or use sock locks before placing them in the dirty clothes basket.
If your family member has usable vision, they could use magnifiers to discriminate food items. For those who don't have usable vision, braille labels can be applied or textured tape. Another option is to use rubber bands to attach braille/texture labels to packages.
Adapting the Kitchen
Adapt the controls using raised markers to identify commonly used settings. Tactile knobs and overlays can be purchased and placed on appliances. Consider purchasing a cutting board that is dark on one side and white on the other to create contrast no matter what color food is being cut. Finger guards can be purchased to prevent accidental cuts. It may be easier to use kitchen sheers to cut some items instead of using a knife.
General Housekeeping Tips