|Help for living safely at home|
- Health: Eyeglasses should be clean and well-fitting, and vision, balance and gait, and blood pressure checked regularly.
- Home: A home designed for someone with low vision includes bright lighting, including nightlights; furniture and cords placed out of pathways; visual contrast between floors and walls; nonskid flooring; and bathroom safety devices such as grab bars and raised toilet seats.
- Technology: Monitoring and safety devices, such as large-button phones with talking caller ID and the My Health Phone, which can be used inside and outside the home, provide peace of mind to those with impaired vision and their families.
- Education: “It All Starts With a Fall — Your Guide to Help Prevent Falls” helps readers identify and correct fall hazards in their homes and yards, teaches about personal safety tools that can make living at home a success, and offers instructions on what to do if they fall or witness a fall. A free copy is available from The CareGiver Partnership, along with coupons for fall prevention products.
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